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Keel bolt issues?

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Poble

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Dec 16, 2009
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Catalina 36 Prince Rupert
I'm looking at purchasing a Catalina 36

I was told by a boat surveyor that the Catalina's are known for the keel smiling at the joint between the keel and hull.

I thought this was a C@C issue, not a Catalina issue. Is this so?
 

cromer

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Jul 22, 2009
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Pearson 39-2 Clinton River
"The Caltalina Smile

This refers to a problem exhibited by all the Catalinas built prior to mid-1988. With time a separation occurs between the keel and the keel stub, usually at the leading edge of the joint. The defect was attributed to the use of a wooden insert in the bilge between the top layer of fiberglass and the keel stub proper. The keel bolts pass through this insert, and it's thought that compression of the insert allows the keel to pull away from the stub, leading the to separation."
 

Poble

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Dec 16, 2009
6
Catalina 36 Prince Rupert
thank you, the boat we're looking at is 1988. Interesting. Is there a simple fix?
 
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