||The first keel
|The keel plate
demands that a template be used for the first time!
While Gena welded fill along the bow and ground it
smooth, I worked at my first template. A piece of
3/8" playwood was cut into strips and glued/screwed
together to make 12' long templates. This is then used to
"trace" the curve at the bottom of the keel
plate, cut, and layed over the plate to cut. This all
worked out nicely and the curve was correct. We'd both
forgotten though how heavy 1/4" plate is! The sounds
of bones cracking as we flipped up the 12'x4.5' piece
were never heard in the chiropractors office!
||The top edge
was marked and cut as was the forward edge of the keel.
As most of this was my responsibility, it took pretty
much all day before it was ready to tack in. Gena (left)
did a fine job on the bow which took her all day. Here in
Canada this time of year the sun is gone shortly after
seven so our day ran out. I wish all days were as perfect
as today, no wind, lots of sun to see while welding and
not cold at all. We can only hope :o)
Put up first keel plate ( but not tacked in yet ) , filled bow
and smoothed over
that old radio!