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Re: Another Venture 17 keel repair question Another Venture 17 keel repair thread
After searching the Internet and calling BWY, a replacement keel is unavailable. So surgery started. As expected, the wood fillers were completely rotted and the steel bar has significant scale. I cut one side open, stripped the fiberglass/epoxy, and then popped the assembly out of the lower half. The lead weights are bolted to the steel so removal wasn't an issue. Now I need to take a trip over to the steel supplier and rummage through the scrap shed. I'm on the fence if I should get a bigger piece of steel to eliminate the wood fillers but I think that'll add too much weight. Any thoughts on something other than wood? Plastic decking aka trex type material??? If I do use wood, I thought I'd use oak. Marine ply isn't readily available here.
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