RL24, RL28, and RL34 Trailable Yachts
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Replying to:rl28 jammed swing keel
I slipped my boat recently as it has been out of action for some time after I had an accient and found that the keel only dropped about 30cms but then jammed. As it was on a hardstand I removed the keel case top and tried to scrape any loose flaky rust using a metre long piece of flat steel.This removed a lot of build-up and I could see daylight throught the base in most areas but, no luck, it jammed again.This was repeated by three people taking turns above and below.The hydraulics seem fine. Is there a stop mechanism on the keel in the hydraulics? Has anyone ever used diluted phosphoric acid to remove rust from the keel whilst it is inside the keel box to save trying to remove it? I think this would be relatively benign for the fibreglass surrounds and it could then be careened, cleaned with a rotating wire brush and treated with rust neutraliser and epoxy tar.She is back in the water on her swing mooring in Sydney Harbour now and the thought of slipping her and putting back on a hardstand is frightening-cost wise.Any comments would be very welcome.