Photos of keelbox top repair

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Digital-des
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Photos of keelbox top repair

Post by Digital-des » Thu May 29, 2014 4:25 pm

The top of the keelbox had given way and partially collapsed leaving me unable to lift the keel fully.
To start the repar the top of fibreglass box was cut out with a hacksaw & 2 stainless steel rods positioned longditunally each side to re-form the top outer edges.
These were fibreglassed in to act as reinforcement.
All of the repair was done through the side access hatch with the boat on the trailer & without dropping the keel.
The keel bolt was removed leaving a temporary rod to keep in place.
The top plate was removed & straightened in the vice.
I think the end result ( although not very tidy ) is stronger now than the original.
The circular access hatch has been fibreglassed over at another owners suggestion, as these are a annoying source of leaks and can easily be re-cut if needed in emergency.
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Keelbox repair.jpg
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