Richard James


This seems like the ideal post to ask some advice about keel sealing strips. As most of you know, Uncle Bernard built A89 Colchide from 1958-1960 and uniquely sheathed the hull with Marglass. He never fitted keel sealing strips and I really don’t want to screw 60 or so screws into the Marglass and risk water penetration between the Marglass and wooden hull. I don’t have the courage or skill to do this work, and there was much¬† “sucking of teeth” when I asked a boatbuilder last winter, having mentioned the Marglass.

One option next winter would be to make and fit the keel box slabs, but there have been some accidents with these.

Any thoughts anyone?