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1973 Ranger 26 Keel Bolts

I have a customer who needs to inspect the keel bolts on his '73 Ranger 26. He says there is no access in the middle of the cabin sole. Can anybody shed some light on this? Thanks.

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Re: 1973 Ranger 26 Keel Bolts

Similar vintage R 29 had an encapsulated/molded keel with internal ballast.. could be the 26 is the same... ergo no keel bolts.

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Re: 1973 Ranger 26 Keel Bolts

An old post and maybe moot, but my 1974 has a floor panel that lifts up and the keel bolt are right under it.
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Just pulled my 1971 Ranger 26 keelbolts. There is inside access only to the nuts in that molded space under the floorboard. That wont tell you much. To get at the slotted screw-type heads you have to dig through any fairing layer on the metal flange at the top of the keel. Once you have the counter-sunk bolt head exposed on the flange, you can pull the bolts but only inspect & replace ONE at a time! Typical problem is the bolt looks great from the exposed nut end but water will get into that molded well & travel down the bolt under the nut & washet. Then the bokt rots right under the nut & often shears the second you torque the nut to remove the bolt. I only had 1 bad one, but replaced all of them (8 or 10 I think). They were 40+ years old. Make sure you goop the heck out of them when you replace to keep water out from either end
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