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Bill and Joel,
Thanks for the reply. Yes, the iron itself seems dented. I
cannot detect any other issue associated with this incident except
my nightmarish recollection of the terrible noise that resulted
when I steered the boat I love into an underwater rock at about 3
Sabbatical III, ASM #419, Carloforte, Isola San Pietro, Italy
On 10/11/2016 1:37 PM, 'Bill & Judy
I think it is probably impossible for someone to assess
your situation without an inspection and the expertise to
evaluate the entire situation, but I will offer a non-expert
The best thing about the keel on Amels is that it is cast
iron. From what I have seen, cast iron will oxidize in
saltwater and the oxidation will partially and temporarily
seal the iron...but saltwater will continue to slowly creep
under the epoxy and cause the area of oxidation to increase.
From what I have seen, I think a delay of 6 months to recoat
the cast iron with epoxy is not an issue. I do wonder if the
iron itself is dented?
But, let me further comment. Recently, at Peakes in Trinidad,
I saw an X Yacht (55-60') which had hit something with its
epoxy encapsulated lead keel. Not only was the keel deformed,
and epoxy cracked, but the lead was also cracked in the center
and back edge of the keel. I assume that the back edge cracked
because of compression from the front collision. I could not
believe that the owner had only the epoxy repaired over the
cracks in the lead. I hope that there is not a plan to sell
this boat to new owners.
Epoxy-coated cast iron is sometimes criticized by non-Amel
owners because of it will oxidize when the epoxy is cracked.
This is true about our keels, but an epoxy encapsulated lead
keel will deform, crack and possibly have disastrous
consequences. Thank you Henri Amel for your knowledge and your
choice of cast iron.