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Carl in LA
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Initially Posted - 07/25/2017 :  18:18:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all:

Take a look at the cracked "stuff" along the back edge of the wing keel.

Wonder how that happened - no sign of impact.

Repair with epoxy?

Please advise...

Always the best,

Carl

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Response Posted - 07/25/2017 :  19:08:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did you or PO store the boat on stands, or on a trailer that required chains from one side to the other? If so, the chain can often rub against back edge the keel. Not a big deal if it's just sitting there, but if being transported on a trailer, the chain could saw against the edge and cause damage like that.

Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
PO of Take Five, 1998 Catalina 250WK #348 (relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
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----- 1998 C250WK #348 "Take Five" -----|-------- 1991 15' Trophy ----------|- 1985 14' Phantom -
---- Essington, PA on Delaware River -----|---------- Trailered to Lake Wallenpaupack ------------
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Carl in LA
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Response Posted - 07/25/2017 :  19:46:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Rick...

Could have been the straps whacking up against the back of the keel...

Would have had to happen while in the water - thats the only time the aft strap would be loose under the boat...

Dont know the history of the boat.



Edited by - Carl in LA on 07/25/2017 19:50:04
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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 07/26/2017 :  07:03:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If she was ever stored or worked on on stands, it could have been a chain between two stands whacking or dragging over the keel while they were rigging the stands.

Marine Tex (sorta like white body putty) might be as good as anything to cover it up and bond in place. I suspect the encapsulation is similar material.

Dave Bristle
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Edited by - Stinkpotter on 07/26/2017 07:05:37
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Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 07/26/2017 :  07:19:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Marine Tex. It's easy to work with and durable. Just be aware that it comes in gray and white. Check the can.

Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
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Russ.Johnson
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Response Posted - 07/27/2017 :  19:19:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Carl in LA






Carl,
When launching off the trailer, can the keel hit those 2x4 support guides?

Russ Johnson
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Carl in LA
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Response Posted - 07/29/2017 :  19:34:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When launching off the trailer, can the keel hit those 2x4 support guides?


YES!

I had wanted to forget about the dry storage launch crew having difficulty launching and retriving - but that must be exactly what happened.

Ouch...

Best,

Carl


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Carl in LA
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Response Posted - 08/01/2017 :  19:49:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Used epoxy putty to repair.

Found a spot of unusual color in the damaged gelcoat - wonder what made it a different color?



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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 08/02/2017 :  06:07:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's like discovering what's behind the drywall in your home--you don't want to know!

Dave Bristle
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Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 08/02/2017 :  06:35:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe that spot was damaged and repaired previously. It might be in a particularly vulnerable location when launching or retrieving the boat.

Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
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