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Help With Int. Tempest 8 years 3 months ago #189

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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here.. I am not a 505 owner, I have an old International Tempest. I was referred here by some other Tempest owners, because the set up is quite similar between the two boats.

My boat was in need of a lot of work when I got it a year ago. I have been repairing and re-rigging my way along with help from the Tempest owners on the net. I should also mention that I live in Colorado, and am fairly new to sailing in general. My latest project is bolting the keel down through the deck. The keel on this boat was never bolted down, and when it sits on the trailer, the keel is pushed up about an inch and a half through the hull. In the water it simply settles down against the deck, and that was how I was running it. That always seemed odd to me, but to be honest, I only recently discovered that it was supposed to be bolted down. I am in the process of reworking the trailer to accommodate the new keel position.

My question for you is, once the keel is bolted down, should I seal up the space between the keel and the hull or not? Some seem to be left open, and some are sealed. If I were to seal it, I would assume that I would first shim it somehow to make sure everything is tight. What kind of sealer would be recommended for this? I assume it would need to remain flexible. Would silicon work, or is there something better?

Remember, I only sail in fresh water, and only for a few months each year. Thank you for any help you can give on this. I have really enjoyed your site so far. The 505 looks like a fantastic boat.
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Re:Help With Int. Tempest 8 years 3 months ago #193

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Like breaking the embarassing silence following a request for a scotch in an Irish bar, someone has to point out to our poor Coldwater guest that it is probably members of the Int 5.5 metre class that can answer your question. At least that is a keel boat.

The only place you will find lead around a 505 is on the floor by the exit of the measurement tent...
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Re:Help With Int. Tempest 8 years 3 months ago #194

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You know, the more I read, I wondered about that. I may have misunderstood the direction to post here from my tempest buddies. I know they look to some of the technical articles on the rigging of the 505 because it is similar to that of the tempest. I am very new and may have the whole thing wrong. I appreciate the response though. I quit watching for one a long time ago.

good sailing
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