Forum - Keel and Centre Plate - keel replacement fun begains
|keel replacement fun begains||5||Sat 06 Dec 2014 17:48:30|
|KevinEGAN Mon 01 Dec 2014 00:31:57|| Today i got a chance to have a look at my little sailboat my keel it looks bad |
it looks like the drop keel has been up in side for the past 10
years or more and with very bad corrosion
its going to be a very big job to try and get it down from in side
dont know where to start any ideas on removing it would be great
sorry i will have pictures soon i hope to start a blog here
|StuartH Mon 01 Dec 2014 10:50:28|| Yes it will be fun!.|
First of all you obviously need the boat raised up safely high enough to let the swing keel drop the 18 plus inches.
Get underneath and use a long flat file to knock off as much rust as you can on either side of the keel - by poking it up inside.
If you remove the stainless plate where the chain comes through you can get access with a longish rod to push down on top of the keel.
Hopefully eventually you will start to get some movement and from there I found its just a matter of time and effort and a lot of pushing and pulling and it will come out.
You will need to remove the pivot screw which on mine was a stainless allen screw, I would give that a good spray with release oil before you start.
|KevinEGAN Mon 01 Dec 2014 11:08:47|| Stuart thank you for your replay .. I say there is only around 18in for the back end keel that i can get some thing small into it after that the rust is so bad you would not get air into it its that bad i will tip way at it and see .well the chain is still connected to it so thats something i can follow it with your idea and a rod|
i will get back to you
|StuartH Mon 01 Dec 2014 13:09:12|| Hopefully once some of the big lumps of rust fall off you will start to get some movement.|
It might be worth trying to get the pivot bolt out first you may be able to lever something through the screw hole.
|KevinEGAN Mon 01 Dec 2014 22:52:41||quick one ..started the left hand side of the keel and got down to the metal but dont see a bolt|
|KevinEGAN Sat 06 Dec 2014 17:48:30||Great news got the keel plate out today, going to have to make a new one for it in time thank to you all for you help ..on to the next job|