Although it’s been great making progress on the keel, I’ve run into another issue that’s going to slow me down. (As if I could possibly go any slower) It’s the keel eye bolt.
Unexpectedly, the re-tapping of the keel eye bolts did not go so well. The welder came over and brought his tap. He oiled up and started screwing it in.
It went only so far, then stopped.
The eye bolt didn’t fit all the way. At first I thought I might leave it like that, then $tingy Sailor suggested I might cut the threads off so it would be flush and not have any exposed threads. This seemed reasonable, so I went out to do it. Taking a closer look made me rethink the whole thing.
Looking at one angle makes you think the tap went pretty well, but ….
From the other angle you can see that there are only 3 threads on the other side. Not near enough to trust with the weight of the keel. It looks like there is actually some corrosion or a void so there is no metal to tap into.
So, it’s back to the drawing board. I have a plan though.
- Buy a bit and tap
- cut a notch behind the original eye bolt location
- redrill, retap, put in new eye bolt flush to surface
- Have sandblaster do the entire keel, including hole.
- seal the entire thing in epoxy.
- Finish fairing and painting.
Here is an old picture marked up to show where the new cutout is going (red) and the current cut that was done (yellow)
Anything I’m missing? Any suggestions? Will it be a problem if it doesn’t line up directly under the keel cable hole?