What lies be­neath?

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters -

The yard at which I’m ren­o­vat­ing my yacht Anne Marie re­cently eu­thanised an an­cient wooden yacht. They re­moved the two and a half tonne lump of iron keel and this is what they found.

Note that the top of the keel bolts all ap­pear to be in rel­a­tively fine fet­tle – in­deed most of the bolts un­did with lit­tle bother. A cou­ple, how­ever, were more trouble and sheared off. There were, I think, nine (pos­si­bly 10) keel bolts hold­ing this on and ev­ery one is cor­roded to al­most noth­ing.

Own­ers of boats with keel bolts need to be aware and take heed that what you see is not nec­es­sar­ily what you get. Mike Stephens Ten­ter­den, Kent

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