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Yet another keel cap thread

Postby Bellbuoys » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:19 am

OK, I am finally set to reattach the keel cap to my now flipped over '53 Thomboy. I am armed with a supply of new brass screws and as many as three tubes of Boatlife caulk. I will caulk the subtle garboard seam and then, to use Andreas's term, "butter back" the keel cap itself.
What's the conventional practice here - epoxy fill and then re-drill the hull, using the existing holes in the keel cap, or fill all and re-drill new holes in keel cap as well?
In either case, I will comfortably countersink the screw holes in the cap, and then cover over with Total Boat epoxy.
Then rid myself of the unorthodox red hull, going to white, as per original.
Thanks for thoughts.
Brad
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Re: Yet another keel cap thread

Postby Bellbuoys » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:52 pm

Well, it seems I have answered my own question here. The boat was delivered to me with the keel cap removed and, as I examine reattach meant on the upside down boat, I see he cut each of the attaching screws with a hacksaw, leaving the broken screw stump in the hull. Rather than gouge these out with a vise grip, I plan to epoxy and Boatlife caulk over these holes in the hull, and drill new points of attachment through the keel cap.
It would be my plan to fill the old holes in the keel cap with some two-part Total Boat epoxy I have left over from an earlier project.
Can anyone improve upon this approach?
Thanks.
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Re: Yet another keel cap thread

Postby thegammas » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:24 am

Sounds like the best approach to me. Trying to remove the screws would, as you say, tear up the wood, and you may end up a screw hole too big for the new screws.
Looking forward to some pictures!!
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