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Keel Bolts and General Topics on Keel - Swan 41 mast shoe (steel beam)
18 September 2019 - 02:02
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Swan 41 mast shoe (steel beam)

Hello!  

I am still refitting my "new" Swan 41.  I am enjoying it very much.  I am writing about the massive steel I-beam that the keel is attached to.  We all know this structure.  Not surprisingly, mine is corroded.  The fibreglass tabbing over the lower plate and keel bolts lifted over time and rust accumulated and blocked the drainage holes leading to further rusting and blocking and so on.  I would like to remove this for inspection and refurbishing or replacement as required.  I have discussed this with the professor and I feel like I have a reasonable understanding of the task.  What I am asking about are the practical aspects of this job.  What is the best (most effective yet safe) way to lift this steel off the hull?  Does it come off easily?  If anyone has done this, has there been damage to the hull as a result that required repair?  Fortunately, the 41's forward beam does not traverse any major bulkheads so the fibreglass part is not so challenging.

Thank you,

Matt - Swan 41/053

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