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Date Posted: - Saturday - 03/29/08 - 12:49am
Author: chuck
Subject: not sure
In reply to: Steve Burge 's message, "Rusting keel" on - Friday - 03/28/08 - 7:23pm

I am not totally sure about your boat but our sampson post is miles away from the keel ballast.

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[> [> keel cavities -- Steve M-32 #59, - Saturday - 03/29/08 - 1:06am

On the fiberglass 31 and 32 (and presumably on the fiberglass others) there are no keel bolts. The ballast is internal and consists of iron secured with fiberglass in a hull cavity. This type of construction can be worriesome because if water intrudes into the cavity and the iron rusts you can have the problems mentioned in the first post. If no water intrudes there are no problems and you have no worry about keel bolts or other maintenance. Everything is a tradeoff. Given the date of manufacture of the first post I think that is wood 40 and probably does have keel bolts though whether the keel is iron or lead I don't know. An external iron keel does not give you the potential problems of cracking the hull for the simple fact that it is outside the hull. Rust on the bolts could be a problem but not expansion because of rust. Steve the rust you are seeing cannot be from the keel bolts because A. you don't have any :-) and B. you are too far forward. Most likely you sre seeing rust from the lower plate for the bobstay and it should be looked at and fixed.

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