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Balboa 26 keel trunk cracked

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  1. me262

    me262

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    53 posts, 0 likes
    Neptune 24
    US canyon lake, tx
    Howdy to all!

    Looking at a pretty nice B26. Main problem is a good sized crack in the keel trunk. Is that a deal killer? Lady said it happened while boat was on the trailer. I have posteda photo here in albums. What do you think????
     


  2. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,148 posts, 842 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    The crack, in and of itself, looks large but repairable. I don't know the B26 so I can't really tell what I'm looking at. Why did the crack happen? Is there an underlying defect? Was there trauma that could have affected other areas or parts such as the centerboard or pivot hinge?
    Then,
    What's your comfort level with DIY fiberglass repair? Do you have facilities and time?
    If you want to hire it done, you should get a quote for its repair.

    It is a good negotiating point. Repairable, but not like fixing spider cracks.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  3. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,608 posts, 685 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Hello 262
    I’ve done extensive work on a Balboa once before. If you go to my media page there is an entire album of repair photos.
    The Balboa has an internal hull liner that was placed inside the hull before the deck was installed. The crack you are seeing is in that liner. It is possible that crack is cosmetic only. The trunk is beneath that liner. I had to cut access to my trunk to make repairs. Yours may be fine. BUT the balboa’s are known to have keel trunk leaks. The pivot pin is below the water line so regular maint. on the pin gaskets is necessary. With that said, the balboa was the stiffest boat I have ever owned. Happy to help if you decide to pursue this boat

    Ask the owner to take it on a test sail. Get her heeled over on both tacks and check to see how much water is coming in.
     


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  4. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,608 posts, 685 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Here are some pics below the hull liner. The P.O. had made this initial cut of the liner to do some repairs on the trunk. I ended up widening it a little to get a better angle to seal up the pivot pin and gasket. My pin was glassed over so I needed to cut out that glass. Sorry, I don't have pics of that but if you can imagine cutting the liner down to the small access hole seen in the third pic. you will get the idea. There are some pics in my album page that shows the pin and gasket repair. On my Balboa it looks like the keel cracked during a hard grounding.
    keel trunk2.jpg keel trunk1.jpg keel pin1.jpg keel cover1.png

    Edit... I found the pics of the extra cut I made.. here they are keel hole cleaned up.jpg keel hole cleaned up-2.jpg
     


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  5. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,608 posts, 685 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
  6. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,608 posts, 685 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    In the end she was a real beautiful boat..... IMG_1811.JPG IMG_1823.JPG IMG_1814.JPG
     


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  7. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,148 posts, 842 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I think so too. I really like that table with the chart on it. I've been thinking of doing something like that myself.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     



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