Steel channel added to my Chris Craft 1964 Cutlass

I am new owner of a 1964 Chris Craft Cutlass.

There is a piece of 2 inch junior channel attached to the keel of the boat front to back to drive shaft.

I would presume someone's idea to protect the keel.

Seems it is a rust problem and could be causing incorrect drying of the center plank and rot will proceed to happen.

Does any one think the removing it a problem?

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Nov 03, 2015
I agree
by: LWCIII

I have a '64 Cutlass with no such keel metal and have had no issues.

My trailer does not have keel rollers, just solid bunks that aline with the hull stringers.

I agree it should be removed for the reasons you gave.

Nov 03, 2015
Keel
by: Michael

It sounds like leaving it on is the real problem.

I guess they put it there to protect the keel when sliding her on and off the trailer.

If you want to replace it use brass with silicon bronze fasteners.


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