I’m frustrated. Way back when I bought this keel, I didn’t know squat about what I was doing. Now I’m facing issues with it, and don’t have a solution to either.
- The hole for the pivot has to be drilled out for the bushing, and filled in where the cast iron is worn away.
- The metal around the rear eye bolt is worn away and needs to be built out.
You’ve seen the pictures already so I won’t bore you with the same thing again.
I can’t find anyone with cast iron experience to do the repairs, and I have read enough to make me not want to do a hack job and attempt it myself. I could try to fill it with epoxy and hardener, but there is a lot of stress on these points and I don’t think that will hold. That leaves me with no options for fixing this keel.
I’m considering going back to craigslist and see if I can find a keel in better shape. No way I can afford a new one. I’m stuck. This sucks.
On a happier note, I spent yesterday visiting a live aboard friend in a marina. We prowled around the boat yard looking at all the boats “on the hard”. Found a couple of Catalina 22’s and checked out their keels.
This keel was in bad shape, but the eye bolt looks good. No telling how bad the corrosion is though.
These looked pretty odd. Not sure how they got here.
Saddest of all, there is some serious neglect going on. This is just one example. The hatchway boards are in the cockpit and the interior is open to the weather. Sad.