I put my boat in the water for the first time and had a small leak at the keel attach bolt. About 3 gallons in 12 hours. My questions are:
1. After I clean this bolt and apply 5200 sealant, how tight should I torque the bolt? Is there a bushing inside the keel or is this just forcing the walls of the trunk up against the keel?
2. Does anyone have pictures of the repair for keel wobble using a plexiglass shim between the keel and the trunk?
I used good old fashioned formica to make shims for the keel which I araldited on around the bolt area and rearward works great and stops that annoying thump. I lfted the boat off the trailer in my mates carport using acrow props on the side with less support and heavy duty tie-down straps to lift. Heart in mouth stuff but worked a treat. Good luck Martyn
Hi all, I have replaced the keel pin a number of times due to the keel binding in the housing. No problem plenty of sealant and as previous respondant says don't squeeze the housing together, causes problem elsewere. Using plastic as a bush works a treat I simply used a rectangular piece and cut a hole for pin so that it fits in the recatangle around the pin, this then holds it in place. PS turned out the binding was just over zealous painting by the sandblaster being helpful.