Keel fix, Chipped.

pvansch1

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Not exactly sure how this happened except they say at the yacht club at low tide where the crane is, is a rock shelf thats about four feet deep.
What’s the best fix.
 

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Best is epoxy, thickened with colloidal silica and chopped glass strands. After cure, sand to shape, then fair it with epoxy thickened with a fairing filler like West 410. Finally, give it two coats of un-thickened epoxy, sand smooth, and paint it.
 

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Thanks Vince for the emails the other day.
I replaced the rotten trailer support earlier today and have more work than I thought with the bottom of the keel. I left the new support removable so I can have more room to work.
The bottom is gelcoat so no painting but will have to gelcoat. It may be a winter project with patching to get through the season.
 

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Peter...You don't have to coat it immediately, but uncoated epoxy will break down from UV over time. To protect it you can even use spray paint from Home Depot. Just sand it off later.

Gel coat is fine, but you need to do it before the weather turns cold. It won't cure under about 60 degrees.

My bottom and keel were done with VC Underwater Epoxy (paint).

For reference, second picture above is of the keel coated with epoxy/ fairing compound.

Vince
 

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