The keel turned out to be a lot of work. The first step was to decide on the location of the new floors and to design new floor brackets which would determine the location of the keel bolts. Tim and I then drilled and tapped the ballast keel for the new bolts. At the same time we fabricated and fitted a new shoe for the lower rudder pintle.
And now it was time to turn the ballast keel from a rusting block of old iron to a smooth racing finish.
The next step was to fabricate the six new floors above the ballast keel. These were made from iroko.
One by one the new floors were installed and fastened to the planking with silicon bronze screws. It was not without problems as we struggled to recreate the correct shape.
The final step in Stage 1 is to plank up the bottom which will be difficult due to the tight curves involved. But that challenge won’t start until the autumn.
So far the project has taken some 170 man hours including building the shed.