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    Default 1962 Bluejay Keel Rot

    Hi all,
    I'm new to this forum, and excited to see what I can learn here!

    I have a 1962 Blue Jay sailboat that I intend to completely restore. I purchased it about one year ago and have spent the year slowly dismantling (SLOWLY......I have a 2 year old) it and identifying the rot/problem areas. All things considered, it's in pretty good shape, but as is the case for many wooden boats, it appears to have sat outside for a while and as a result has some rot in the typical places. My question here is concerning keel rot. The keel is in great shape from bow to stern with the exception of one spot......just astern of the centerboard trunk where it appears water collected and subsequently rotted a hole clean through the keel. I've included a picture here. My question is, what is the best course of action here......can the hole be repaired with a patch and epoxy, or are we talking keel replacement? I apologize if this is a dumb question, but this is my first experience with full wooden boat restoration. I'm familiar with sail boats, and I have a considerable amount of woodworking skills, but again, I'm just getting into the world of wooden boats (and loving it, by the way). Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!IMG_8588.jpg

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    Default Re: 1962 Bluejay Keel Rot

    First, Welcome to the Woodenboat forum Martin!

    Sorry to see that you have a bit of a problem with that keel. If indeed the rest of the keel is in good shape, you might be able to scarf a new keel section in as long as you are able to reach wood that is not infected. Be aware that rot spores can travel a long way along a crack or through the grain, in some woods. What kind of wood is the keel and what is its molded thickness? Looks like the after end of the center board trunk and logs are affected too, plus the floors that attach to them.
    The first thing would be to strip the paint off of that keel in order to see, truly, how far that rot really goes. Vacuum up that infected wood dust ASAP. Spraying with "Timbor" ,a Borax based rot killer, will insure that the rest of the boat doesn't come down with problems.
    Jay
    Last edited by Jay Greer; 06-23-2018 at 12:51 PM.

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    Default Re: 1962 Bluejay Keel Rot

    I'd drop a LONG dart in the keel. It already has a hole in it,(the trunk).
    How far back is the next floor, and how is it?
    This should be a simple repair actually, unless more decay continues to show up ..white oak has a certain habit.....
    Is the hull plywood?
    Yes, def keep cleaning her up..she seems paint sick.

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    Default Re: 1962 Bluejay Keel Rot

    I had a '57 and '67 Blue Jay, and loved both of 'em! I'd keep digging into the rotted keelson and see how far the bad wood goes. More photos when you've got to the limits of the rotted wood.
    "The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
    Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.

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    Default Re: 1962 Bluejay Keel Rot

    Thanks for the responses! Jay, as far as I know all of the frame members are white oak. I've already cleaned up the mess, and will look into the Borax spray. Wizbang, the hull is plywood, and she is indeed paint sick. This weekend I plan to strip back the paint, hold my breath, and try to see how far beyond that hole the keel is infected. When I get there I'll post more pics. Thanks again for your responses!

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