You can have a mast boot sealed with a good tape and put a little bead of caulking/silicone etc. in the mast track....that show solve that problem however you will never keep all the water out from the mast sheaves, etc....there will always be a drip inside the mast in a rain.

Regarding your keel bolts, you said " the surveyor wrote that the keel bolts need to be sealed"......can't be sure exactly what he meant but any qualified surveyor would never recommend pouring epoxy into the bilge until the bolts are covered.....if the bolts are covered, then the nuts are covered.....doesn't make sense.  He probably meant backing off the nuts, removing the washers and/or plates, resealing the bolts, replace the washers/plates and re torquing the nuts.  I'd do that but I would never pour epoxy into the bilge to correct any this issue.  The nuts and bolts should always remain exposed.

Rob Abbott
C&C 32- 84
Halifax, N.S.

On 2018-02-12 2:19 PM, Brien Sadler via CnC-List wrote:
I'm sure both of these topics have been covered before, but A) any suggestions on keeping the little bit of water that drips down the mast from coming in at all? I'd like to seal it up completely (old submariner habit of trying to keep all the water out of the people tank.)  B) When I had the boat surveyed the surveyor wrote that the keel bolts need to be sealed which I assume means prepping and then pouring epoxy into the bilge until the bolts are covered. Has anyone done this on a 35-3 or do you know what the ramifications are if I leave them exposed. It doesn't seem to be impacting anything right now but as with anything exposed to sea water it will eventually. Thanks for helping a newbie out.

1987 C&C 35-3


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