Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Keel repair: Now or later?


Hi Mark. Based on closely examining hundreds of AMEL keels during the haul out for marine survey during the sales process, I have rarely seen a keel where the coatings were completely intact. In a perfect world, it is always best to fix anything as soon as possible. In this case, you might have a slight increase of the size of repair, but negligible loss of metal through oxidation. Remember, on iron, the rate of ‘bloom’ to metal loss is about 40/1. While the keel might look scary when you haul, it can be repaired in the spring without real consequence.


Have Fun With Your Amel

Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC


954 462 5869 office

954 812 2485 cell



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Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Keel repair: Now or later?



I hit a rock and put a small-ish dent on the front of the iron keel.  It seems to have broken through the epoxy and exposed the iron in a 6 inch by 2 inch  (15 cm by 5 cm)  section.  My question is whether I need to have this repaired now or can I wait until Spring when the boat is due to be hauled for a new anti-fouling,


Mark Pitt

Sabbatical III, ASM #419, Carloforte, Isola San Pietro, Italy


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