Name: Tom Kane
Should I buy?
I have an oportunity to buy a San Juan 21 with Keel trouble. I'm not sure I know what's involved in removing and replacing a keel. I haven't had a chance to get under the boat yet because it is under two feet of snow. Assuming the worst, What will I find? I am two hours from where the boat sits. It hasn't moved in a couple seasons. So any information, in the way of photos, drawings, diagrams, or what have you, I could really use. Is there access to the keel bolt from inside the boat? Is it removable? I have been told the fiberglass is damaged in that area. What's the worst case, and am I getting myself into an unfixable mess? The current owner just trailered it to the back lot and bought a new boat. Can it be that bad? The price is right, but I have to consider the amount of work involved. I want to sail this summer. The last boat I "fixed up" took me two years to get in the water. I love the way it looks in the picture he sent me, it was tied up at his mooring. So, tell me good things. I really want to make this work.
You need to explore all of the links on this website as well as those on the other fleet websites, for information regarding repair issues.
First, I'd suggest checking out the Maintenance, Repair and Rigging TIPS on this website. (This includes a section entitled "Keel Fix").
Others may respond with additional information.
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