Keel Bolts fwb 28

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Dear All,
Ragamuffin is one of the first 28 ft build in the early seventies.
She has external ballast from cast iron.
I wonder if any one knows how the keel bolts are fixed in to the ballast.
I have always water in the bilge during sailing I cant find the leak but there is always water under the engine. I have separated the bilge. So water from the front will not have any effect in the rear.
I am afraid that the trouble comes from the bolts. Has some of you experience on this matter. Or is there same one who pulled his keel bolts?

Cheers Joachim van Houweninge

Aeolus FWB28
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Joined: 26 Aug 2006

Glad I could help. I have emailed you the Rudder Ref photos.

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Steve,
Many thanks for the information you give me. That is really useful information.
Although I don’t like the job I will do the way you describe it.
Ones I start, I will take same photos and send you a link, as long the forum doesn’t take any pictures.

Cheers Joachim

Ps would you be so kind to send me same photos of your rudder sensor connected to the ST4000.
I like to install it the same way you did it.

Aeolus FWB28
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Joined: 26 Aug 2006

Hi Joachim, I am in Mylor today and have just asked Martin Heard about your boat.

There are 9 "carrot headed" bolts which go up through the keel with a nut on the inside of the boat. The nuts may have been glassed over but you should see the position of them as a dome of epoxy.
If you undo the nuts you can drive the bolts out. Martin suggests that you raise the hull and actually separate the keel from the hull, clean both sides then use plenty of Mastic to re-seat the keel. The bolts may be ok to use again but you may have to replace them. Once you drive a bolt out you will see the principle.
Regards, Steve.


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