At Easter at an anchorage overnight the anchor chain wrapped around the keel. When pumping the keel up to leave the shallow anchorage managed to snap what ever it is that secures the rod from the hydraulic ram. My boat is now a keel boat.
My dilemma is how best to remove the keel to do some rust repairs and to re attach the rod to keel.
Has anyone done this or can point me in the direction of someone that can help that knows what they are doing?
There is no trailer for the boat so it will need to be lifted out.
As an afterthought to the above, is it possible to re attach the rod to the keel while the keel is in the down position?
If I could raise the keel back into the keel box I could lift the boat out and use the method of keel removal outlined by Rob in his tips on RL28 keel maintanance.
Same thing happened to me in Yowie Bay, but by over pumping the hydraulics. The rod and bracket are in good shape with no sign of wear (after 40+ years. Presumably the bracket tore out of the keel.
How to replace the keel?