Today is another post about the keel. This time I’m posting pictures so a friend can help me find someone to fix it, preferably without spending an arm and a leg.
Here is a long view of the keel:
And here is where the keel winch cable is attached. I think it looks like it’s in pretty good shape. When I yank on it it feels completely solid.
Next is the pivot hole. I have rulers here to help show the size.
Here is a close up view:
Here I have put the pivot pin in to show how much of the keel is worn away.
Catalina Direct sold me a bushing to use too. It doesn’t fit in the hole so I guess we’ll have to make the hole bigger.
So $tingy Sailor is planning on epoxying his keel pin in. Should I do that, or epoxy the bushing and then let the keel pin slide inside the bushing? It would make it easier to replace the pin in my annual maintenance check if the pin is not epoxied. Which will wear first, the brass pin or the steel bushing? Should I just epoxy it (bushing or pin) in, or actually try to build that hole back up with metal? Questions, questions… anybody out there have answers?