06/29/2006 8:33 PM Pacific Time is it possible to drill out the keel hole to fit the bushing from cd without taking the keel to a machine shop
Dick King Melbourne, FL
Boat Name: Twilight Zone
Hull No. 15546
Hailing Port: Melbourne, FL
06/30/2006 12:09 AM Pacific Time Unless you have the tools to do the job, I recommend you let the experts do it. You are working with extremely hard cast iron. The drill bit is huge as is the drill motor that powers it. How do get the hole round on center with the original hole?
I have had two keels bushed. I took the whole boat to the yard. They dropped the keel, moved it to their shop, used a super heavy duty drill press and then pressed in the proper size bushing. Finally, they hauled the keel back to the boat and reinstalled it. I was glad to pay the freight. Back in the early eighties it cost about $200. ($50/hr)
Like I said earlier, if you have the equipment, time and expertise, have at it. I would not.