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There’s a hole in the hull!

And for once, it’s a good thing!

After losing most of the month of August and part of September with moving and setting up house, I finally got back to Flirt. Sadly it was a short day as I was all set up to do some major work of cutting open her hull to get at the keel bolts and what they are bolted through.

My SeaSprite’s keel appears to be drooping some at the forward edge. I had this fear that like every other piece of wood in Flirt, I would find a slab of rotted wood embedded deep in the hole that the keel bolts go through. Today I went out with my trusty cordless drill, a spare battery, and a paddlebit to do a bit of exploratory surgery.

What I found was a complete absence of rotted wood. In fact I found no wood at all. My 1963 SeaSprite’s hull is over an inch thick (closer to an inch and a half) where it meets the hunk of lead suspended from it. Through this rather robust piece of glassing the keep bolts are led through and cranked down tight.

I still do not know why the keel appears to be drooping, but at least I do not have to worry about it being because of rot.

The Hole in question:


And a close up.. I drilled through the glass and hit lead.. no wood in sight at all!

hole closeup!

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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