Boat repair advice

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Boat repair advice

Postby markboucher » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:03 pm

Hi guys, we have an old wooden boat (you may have seen photos of it elsewhere on the forums).
It had a stainless steel strip on the keel which unfortunately was ripped off in a launching incident on Cup Weekend.
We have repaired the timber keel and now need to fit a new metal strip, size of which is approx 4m long, 20mm wide and 4mm thick. The original stainless steel strip is stuffed and we can't screw into the same places anyway so a new strip is in order.
We have been considering using aluminium instead as it would be much easier to drill and countersink.

1. Where would I go for a strip of aluminium of those dimensions?
2. Should I use brass or stainless screws and will either or both of these screw types react with the aluminium? (The original stainless strip was fixed with brass screws but over a period of somewhere between 30 and 50 years many of them had actually corroded away!).

We intend laying a bed of two-pack epoxy marine adhesive from Bote-Cote, then screwing the strip own with some more of the epoxy in the screw holes.

Any ideas appreciated.

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