Keel is On

March 16, 2015  Hours spent building to date:  835

keel on 2

Gee, it’s too bad but I had to stop sanding for a couple days and move on to the keel.  The reason is simple:  once I totally fair the bottom it’s just too slippery to work on.  I can get on all right, but getting off is a sort of controlled fall.  The keel gives me something to grab onto.

Stem and keel went on pretty easily, with Ray coming for a day to hand me tools and glue while on top.  I had fought the joint between the inner stem and the outer stem to a draw.  I  thought it was good enough after probably six hours or so of work.  So I was delighted that the two-by-two inch fir lamination actually had some spring to it and squished down into the epoxy for a very tight fit.

The forward keel laminations are 1/2-inch, the aft are 1-inch, joined with half-laps formed by deliberately cutting the laminations at different lengths.  Keel still has to be faired into the planking, filled and sanded a bit, but I’m pretty happy with the look and strength.

Even upside down, I think Tardis has a handsome bow.  The pilothouse was the unique feature of our Eldredge-McInnis motorsailer Memsahib, but the bow really gave the boat tremendous character: tall, strong, purposeful, meant to safely cleave thousands of miles of water (which she did).  I was drawn to Mark’s design by the same aesthetic, and I think he got it just right.

 

Stem glued on

Stem glued on

Keel laminations going on

Keel laminations going on

Working up top

Working up top

Keel roughed in

Keel roughed in

Great job, Mark.

Great job, Mark.

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