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Hi, I sail a 1990 Pacific Seacraft, Crealock 31. She’s in great shape and the only thing about her that gives me pause are the keel bolts. While I haven’t noticed any problems, the mystery of their condition after 30 years bothers me.
On visual inspection from the bilge there appears to be some superficial rust around the nuts but nothing major. When I pull her out of the water, there is an 8-inch “smile” on the leading edge of the keel where the fiberglass hull and lead keel meet. That area dries fairly quickly after she’s blocked.
Any thoughts on how much I should be thinking about some kind of inspection? I’m thinking of a transatlantic sail with her next year and want to make sure she’s sound.
Hailing port is Pompano Beach, FL, just north of Ft. Lauderdale. Thanks so much.