Keel Refurbishment…..!!

To my surprise, one of the most frequently downloaded documents on the FF Blog is the one about Keel Refurbishment, written by Phil Tinsley, Commodore of Datchet. Setting aside Phil looking at it often, it was still downloaded 905 times in the last three years…..

Keel SupportWell, it’s a serious job as we all know.  One of the problems is the handling of the keel once it is off the boat.  At Datchet we have a frame in which the keel can sit, but it’s a bit Heath Robinson to tell the truth.

David Williamson has kindly sent in a couple of photos of the very neat keel support they used to mount the keel on his new boat.  Very simple – needs to be tailored slightly for each trailer maybe, but very effective.

wooden keel support

Flying Fifteen Keel Platform….

When I helped VC Phil Tinsley get the keel off a 20 year old boat ready for refurbishment, it wasn’t half as difficult as I thought. You can see Phil’s description of how we did it elsewhere on this website. (look along the black bar under the banner photo. You will see “About Owning” there. Hovver your mouse over it and a drop down menu appears – click on “Keel Refurbishment”…)

I distinctly remember as we took the keelbolts out, a steady trickle of water emerged – and not from within the hull either, which was bone dry…. I guess the keel platform, the hog, was made of hardwood and was gradually giving up the ghost and letting water in. In fact, when we had the boat back together we found that the keel did a sort of reverse cant operation on each tack – a bit like a 505 gybing centreboard ! Much bar talk ensued afterwards about whether it would improve the upwind performance – the keel being more upright no matter how much we heeled!

So how do they give us a rot proof keel platform in new boats?? This is the keel platform in Charles new Composite Craft Fifteen. You can see how well bonded in the platform is. It doesn’t look like wood, so I’ll have to ask Charles what it is made of next time I see him…..

Flying Fifteens – New for Old…. (Keith Jamieson’s boat!!!)

Hi, does anyone know where Keith Jamieson had 3521 refettled? Apart from the
fittings it looked practically new at the Dinghy Exhibition, certainly a lot
smarter than when I last raced against it.

Given the performance, durability and now strong demand for Ovi Mk9
Smoothies, it would seem sensible to expend a reasonable sum in order to
obliterate the ravages of time should you have such a boat.

David Hume

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