Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Ballast Keel Bolts

I though I would show shots of the ballast keel bolts being replaced in 2000. This was done by Jerry Hearle of Roberston's boatyard in Woodbridge. They were certainly the original bolts, and not too bad after 47 years! New ones were made up and three new oak floors made to take the bolts. One under the mast step, one in the central section of the keel, and one aft. The keel was re-set using pitch and then tightended. There was some damage to the deadwood which was replaced as well. The current problem is the deadwood bolt under the engine - and this is causing me problems.


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