(Amsterdam, The Netherland)
Hello guys, due to some water leaks I decided to remove the painting on my 70 years old sailing boat and check the state of the wooden keel.
there are two major points that concern me:
I found some big gaps between some plank. They are filled with some sort of transparent silicon, not sure who and when that was done but I'm thinking it's not working properly
the connection between the keel and the metal ballast seems to be sealed with the same transparent silicon. The rust I could see dripping from the paint should be a signal that it was not working properly
I was thinking to cover the whole keel (ballast included) with fiberglass but i'm afraid the fiberglass won't hold on the metal.
Another thing that intrigues me is that I can't see the keel bolts ending. It should be somewhere at the bottom of the keel right?
The rest of the boat is built in plywood and it's in a good state.
Thanks to anyone who will read this post!