KeelRefinishingDVD

The error in a popular DIY DVD that will slow down your C-22

You want to refinish your C-22 swing keel the right way, so you’re planning to buy the Swing Keel Refinishing DVD from a certain Catalina parts dealership. It’s been around for over 15 years and is the de facto authority on how to do the job. I’m sorry to break it to you, but if you use the template that’s included with the DVD to fair your keel, it will prevent you from getting the best performance out of your keel.
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Refinish your swing keel for best performance – Part 3: Fairing

This post is the continuation of Refinish your swing keel for best performance – Part 2: Cleaning. I describe common keel defects, the fairing system I used, how to seal a freshly sandblasted keel, applying body filler to build up an accurate hydrodynamic foil shape, and paying extra attention to the shape of the leading edge of the keel.

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Refinish your swing keel for best performance – Part 2: Cleaning

This post is the continuation of Refinish your swing keel for best performance – Part 1: Removing. This week, I describe using hand tools and power tools to remove most of the old coatings and rust, one way to lift and move the keel so you can work on it elsewhere, and the different methods of removing the remaining rust either chemically or by sandblasting to prepare it for fairing. Fairing is the process of making the keel fair, meaning the right shape, smooth, and pretty. Continue reading