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Re: Keel problems
Posted by Robert N Pruden on May 29, 2005
You can fill the offending space with epoxy. Build up the gap in the curve with either successive layers of epoxy or thickened epoxy (if it will be coated with graphite therefore out of sight). At slowe speeds that 1/8th really won't be a problem but at faster speeds it may cause your boat to turn. Your boat would have to be moving very fast for this effect to occur with such a small curve in the keel though.
I would probably add a few coats of epoxy to build it up a little. I would do each coat successively, adding each coat within four hours of each other. I would do this to minimize the effects of a slightly misaligned keel. Once done, sand it smooth and get going on the rest of the project.
Hope this helps.
Robert N Pruden
In Response to: Keel problems by Phil and Sam Knight on May 29, 2005