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    Junior Member 50-Desoto's Avatar
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    Gibson Houseboat keel

    I am wondering what the keel is made of in my 86 44ft Gibson houseboat? Is it solid with no voids? Any wood to rot? I know there is wood in the stringer, but I'm not sure of the keel, water seeks the lowest level.

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    Senior Member 42gibson's Avatar
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    mine is just solid wood and yes I have seen them rot if the gelcoat gets worn off from beaching.
    44 gibson executive
    on the muskingum river & ohio river
    marietta,ohio

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    Senior Member BananaTom's Avatar
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    I installed a Keel Guard on mine, as I beached often on sand, and it took the gel coat off.

    I discovered it when we hauled out for a bottom job.

    I think the cost was about $800.

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