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Re: Amount of lead in fin keel of 1969 C&C 36 ft sailboat

A follow up to post 11 with details:

1987 O'day 35: Keel repair was conducted in 2010. The repair consisted of replacing the 304 keel bolts with 316 stainless bolts which hold the keel to the keel stub. The keel is set on a 1/4"-3/8" bed of 3M 4200. The keel joint was then wrapped with a 6" skirt of fiberglass and epoxy. There is no groove in the stub or the keel, and the 4200 cannot be removed or replaced without first removing the skirt.

This joint does not leak, and the keel does not move. If the keel moved, the glass/epoxy skirt would crack. The only way that water has entered the bilge is via the mast, and when the raw water pump seal failed.

Maine Sail said it best in his post which I referenced in post 11;
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IF YOUR KEEL BOLTS ARE LEAKING DO NOT JUST TORQUE THEM. DROP THE KEEL AND FIX IT BEFORE YOU NEED ALL NEW BOLTS!


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Have looked your boat up in Sailboat Data? Usually the weight of the ballast is stated. They even state the ballast material but sometimes it’s left out. Good luck!
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