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Keel Bolts...(Sorry.)

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by Chichester, Oct 26, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Chichester


    Joined Oct 11, 2017
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Hendersonville
    Hi everyone. This is my first post. I just acquired a 1981 C-25 and am excited about its renovation. Overall, its in surprisingly good shape with a multitude of minor fixes to enjoy through the coming winter.
    However, I need to address the keel bolt issue. Although the keel surface only shows a mild (about a one foot long) crack to the fore, the bolts appear neglected.
    I am aware of this common aging problem and have read many forum posts on the subject. Sistering kits from CD, and dropping the keel are all options to consider but I would like to hear others' opinions.
    P.S. The bolts stick to magnets like glue.

    Catalina 25.JPG Keel Bolts 1.JPG Keel crack.JPG
    Best wishes
    , and thanks.

  2. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,808 posts, 503 likes
    Catalina 34
    US Maple Bay, BC, Canada

  3. Chichester


    Joined Oct 11, 2017
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Hendersonville
    Hi, Stu.
    No reason at all. As I said, the boat is in great shape considering. Thank you for the link. Will read, over.

  4. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    510 posts, 102 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA

  5. boothjt


    Joined Apr 25, 2018
    1 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 25
    Osprey us York River/Chesapeake Bay
    Chichester- I'm in the same boat : 1982 Catalina 25 with iron ballasted fin keel that has rusted degraded keel bolts. How did you work out the keel bolt repair?

  6. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,941 posts, 490 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    This quote from Catalina Direct would worry me if it was my boat.


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