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There is Something Missing From Our Keel!

Not all keels are solid throughout. But when a keel lacks the designed structural integrity to properly support the boat on the hard, something needs to be fixed.
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Re: There is Something Missing From Our Keel!

It is very common for encapsulated keels to have a void at the aft end. It gives you a really deep sump that will contain the water that gets in and not allow it to slosh up the side. To me that's a big plus in the design. Most modern boats with bolt on keels have virtually no bilge and any water that gets below will soak anything touching the hull all the way up to the deck if the boat is rolling badly. REALLY REALLY hate these new boats for cruising in the real world. Any yard worth a damn will check the keel for a void and not block in that area.

Valiant apparently didn't use the void as a sump but filled it partially with foam. If I had access from above would have ripped out the foam all the way aft to create a sump, glassed in a dam at the forward of the sump and filled the void with 2 part pour in place foam. Despite the boat's 'Valiant Pox' it's done well with the less than sterling original construction. But then I probably wouldn't have drilled holes in the keel and gone to all the trouble that OP did without some other sign that it needed to be 'fixed'. If it ain't broke -----------------
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Re: There is Something Missing From Our Keel!

My old '68 Columbia has the same void in the aft end of the encapsulated keel, it makes for a very deep sump. So deep I keep a big magnet on a pole to retrieve tools lost down(10 mm usually)) there due to the fact it is too deep to actually reach the bottom.

When blocking I just make sure the blocks are where the keel is solid..no problems. I'm not so sure it is a design flaw, at least I don't see it that way on my good old boat. Your viewpoint may vary..


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