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Catalina Smile

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Rob Rich
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Okay, so we haven't named her yet. Still arguing with the admiral about that.

LaDonna had asked for pictures of what is affectionately referred to as the dreaded "Catalina Smile." Catalina Smile is a euphamism for a (hopefully) small crack that develops along a line in the hull where the fiberglass hull meets the lead keel. Several people other than LaDonna wanted to know what it looked like, so I thought I'd take a picture of it while my boat was on the hard for a bottom job.

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Sometimes the smile can be drastic, othertimes mild. I believe I have the latter. My surveyor pointed it out to me and ran a thin knife around the keel from port to starboard, accentuating the fissure. Was he nuts? I asked him what he thought he was doing, and he told me that he was showing me something that I would needlessly worry about later. He said I should pay close attention to the keel nuts, but not to worry about the smile.

Sometimes I think surveys are worth the money for instances like these alone.

In proportion

This is a close up of the smile. As you can see, it is rather small. And even after a year of sailing, including one rather firm grounding that lasted more than 45 minutes, it has not changed shape or spread longitudinally.

So, I won't worry about it for now. Those keel nuts though.... ugh...

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Catalina Smile for LaDonna