Thanks for the response. The surveyor didn't make a recommendation at all
on how to "seal" them. The nuts are exposed and I have no signs of water
intrusion in or out of the bilge through the keel bolts (i.e.  damp line
where the keel meets the stub or water coming in the boat while in the
water.) so I'm hesitant to do anything with it at all. On the mast boot I
read somewhere that someone had used wax from a toilet ring around their
mast and it worked pretty well, but if you are saying that it will always
leak a little I'm sure it's going to be a constant source of annoyance from
me. Thanks again for the help.


On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 1:35 PM, robert <> wrote:

> Brien:
> 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.
> Brien
> 1987 C&C 35-3

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