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You may recall that I posted an enquiry about bilge pumps and that I turned up at the January 2012 Dinner with photographs of extensive work on Jaunty’s decks and stern. Well all that work may have been necessary without which Jaunty may well have ultimately rotted into oblivion, but the original problem of minor leaks around the keel have if anything got worse, and any serious cruising this year will require one to permanently live in wellies! Alan Staley who has done much of the work, and a professional survey both assure me that the keel structure is sound, but the water isn’t reading the survey and is still leaking in! Talking to the owner of a Huntsman (as appeared in From Russia with Love – my favourite Bond Film – particularly the black band around her throat and one imagines nothing else!), sorry back to reality! Anyway, said Huntsman owner said that he had had the same problem and had put it down to glue failure after 50 years and had stripped the bottom, routed a groove between the two hull halves, filled the groove with epoxy and then glassed the bottom in a strip twelve inches either side of the joint. So I intend following this advice, but don’t want to do it with Jaunty raised but the right way up and epoxy dripping down on me, hence the questions: 1. Is there anyone out there who has rolled their Atalanta hull so as to work on its bottom 2. If so have they written up their experience? Was it in an Annual Bulletin and if so which? If you have done it but not written it up can you give me the benefit of your experience and advice? 3. Does anyone disagree with the proposed process? 4. What does anyone think about the pro’s and con’s of only using epoxy and glass to reinforce the keel joint as opposed to skinning the entire hull? It does seem to me that one cannot go for full encapsulation because of the keel boxes Any and all advice welcome Many thanks Derrick Ardron
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