[Rhodes22-list] concrete ballast

Mary Lou Troy mtroy at atlanticbb.net
Tue Feb 28 16:08:19 EST 2012

Good advice so far. You didn't say where the boat is located or where 
you'll be keeping it. If up North and the boat has sat with water in 
the bilge you'll need to examine carefully for freeze/thaw damage. It 
could be deeper into the keel than just at the surface especially if 
water has been allowed to sit in the boat and it's gone through some 
freeze/thaws. I've seen a Compac 16' (which also has concrete in the 
keel) with water dripping out of cracks in the bottom of the keel. 
I've read of people that have repaired that damage by drilling holes 
in the bottom of the keel to let it dry before repairing.

Best of luck

Mary Lou
1991 R22  Fretless
Rock Hall, MD

At 11:07 AM 2/28/2012, you wrote:
>Inspect the external keel for cracks in the fiberglass.  Also you 
>will need to inspect inside the keel trunk.  This is done by 
>removing the keel trunk cover (fiberglass rectangle with many 
>screws) inside the boat, Lifting out the centerboard and looking 
>inside the slot.   If no fiberglass cracks, defects, etc. then you 
>are good to go.  The soles were made using interior grade materials 
>and will likely need to be completely replaced.  It isnt that hard though.
>Good luck.
>On Feb 28, 2012, at 8:57 AM, David Watral <d.whatt at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I have been looking at several older Rhodes and have found one 
> that looks like it could work for me.  However, I noted that the 
> concrete ballast is damp and breaking up for several inches from 
> the top down. The owner/broker is suggesting using a shop vac to 
> pull up the soft stuff and then filling with resin.  The boat sole 
> is soft in several places and I am not sure what is going on.  I 
> can handle the sole myself but am not sure where the water is 
> coming from.  If this is only a surface problem, then the vacuum 
> and resin make sense.  But if there is a crack in the keel?
> >
> > Thoughts from experienced Rhodes owners will be appreciated.
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