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Old 02-12-2014, 09:24 PM   #41
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My Grand Banks 32 had a hollow keel, filled with old scrap metal for ballast. There is a (about) 6" rubber hose with a cap on it in the bilge so you could pump it out. My keel leaked and after a month or two I would use a Suckup to empty it. Turned out, the keel was hollow all the way from the stem and the stainless rub strip on the stem had shed a couple of the screws that held it on. Cleaning up the area, sealing the old holes and drilling and bedding new holes stopped the leak. If your boat is of similar construction, your leak may not be the stern tube.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:47 PM   #42
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I was just going by the external "glass keel on my 40 foot fishing boat hull. And its quite a bit bigger than yours, still not 20 gallons, and I filled it with epoxy and cabosill. It was a big stinkin chunk of lumber, kinda like the originall description. And who's to say what was put in the hull of a 1977 asian built boat, certainly not any of us, unless we have actually checked ourselves, which we have not. It may well be hollow. If it is, personally, I would fill it with concrete, leaving a couple of sump stations for pumps.
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