On my boat they drilled the holes in the right place but never used any
calking around the bolts, that was swell wasn't it !!
---- Don Wagner via CnC-List <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have experienced keel bolt weeping on my C&C 41 early on. After some
> detailed efforts, I determined that is was the result of improperly drilled
> bolt holes in the hull/keel stub. When I removed the nut, and the washer from
> the leaking bolt, It was obvious. C&C had drilled a bolt hole in the
> hull/stub, but it wasn’t lined up with the keel bolt, so they drilled a 2nd
> hole to accommodate the keel bolt. This left a gap with only about 1/2 of the
> hole filled by the keel bolt. They tried to fill the gap with butyl. It
> worked for a while, but eventually weeped.
> My fix was simple. After removing the nut, and the washer, I carefully
> cleaned out the partial hole, filled it with West Epoxy with filler, then
> re-bedded it with butyl, replaced the washer, replaced the nut, re-torqued it
> and never had it leak or weep again. That was about 20 years ago.
> Essentially my problem was a manufacturing problem with C&C.
> Maybe yours is a simple thing like that
> Don Wagner
> C&C 41 CB
> Der Baron
> West River MD
> From: Barbara L. Hickson via CnC-List
> Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 12:48 PM
> To: C&C List
> Cc: Barbara L. Hickson
> Subject: Stus-List Keel bolt weeping
> Hi Listers,
> I'm having trouble searching the archives for info on the possible repair
> scenarios for a keel bolt seeping seawater. It's not much, just slightly
> weeping. I know this has been written about extensively but not finding it
> on this forum. The worst case scenario is the keel must be dropped and
> rebedded and I know someone on the list has done this before. What is the
> bedding compound of choice? Is there any other, as in cheaper, scenario
> that's viable? The tops of the bolts and their nuts look in good shape and
> there's no rust/corrosion on what I can see. It's the part that I can't see
> that I'm nervous about. I will get the boat hauled to better check it out and
> look at the options, but considering her age (she turns 40 next month), have
> to consider the options. I don't have the pockets to get emotional about
> this. One of us weeping is plenty! Thanks for your help.
> Barbara L. Hickson
> Flight Risk, '76 C&C33-1
> Charleston, SC
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