After all the mess with getting the crud off the keel, I awoke one morning last week worrying that I had not bought the correct keel for this boat. Supposedly, these keels were cast in the sand on a beach in Mexico, and pictures I’ve seen show a “Mexico” stamp on the upper end of the keel.
Mine doesn’t have the stamp. I finally got around to it tonight to measure my keel against the boat, and it looks like a fit. On the keel, from the pin hole to the eye bolt is about 52 1/2 inches. I crawled under the boat and it’s about the same measurement there too. Whew!
Another concern is that my eye bolt may be too coroded to rely on. I don’t think so, but just to be sure I asked StingySailor to send me a picture of his. He’s redoing his keel and pretty soon we’ll see an amazing writeup of the way to do it. Until then, you’re stuck with me bumbling along and hoping I get it right.
Anyway, here is his eye bolt.
Here is another view
Now, here are some pictures of mine:
There is no doubt that mine is not as built up as his. However, I think it’s pretty solid. I can grab it and yank it around and there is no give. Unless I hear a major uproar, I’m going to go with it. What are your thoughts?
Also, I still have the nagging issue of how to put the keel pin into the keel. I got a bushing from catalina direct, but it doesn’t fit. I’m going to have to drill out space for it, then braze in the bushing and the missing cast iron that has been worn away. Here is a picture I posted previously. Wish me luck.