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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bulb and Keel Blade update

I have not had much time to work on the IOM lately. Have some news to report though. Took the Victoria’s out to the new pond where we will be holding the Victoria Region 5 Regional Championship Regatta on May 17th 7 18th to test out the venue. Anyway, Al brought his IOM out to sail her after his trip to Dallas for the IOM BLOW OUT REGATTA. The waters edge, being shallow for a few feet, Al threw the NOUX into the water and off it sailed, until he tacked, then the boat just tipped over! She floated upside down and eventually made it to the bank where Al retrieved it. To make a long story short, the keel fell out and now he has to make a new keel and bulb. Since my bulb has been poured for months now and needs to sanding and shaping AND my keel is nearly faired, Al is going to use my keel and bulb for molds. In order for the molds to be made, Al has been working on my bulb, sanding and shaping and he is doing the final fairing to my keel blade as well. I hope to get over there soon to take some photos to document this effort in the VEKTOR.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Keel work

Not much to report on lately. Have been sanding keel blade and then adding more epoxy. Infact, sanded it down for the 3rd time this afternoon. After sanding/shaping the keel blade, I cut the top so i can now work on making a keel box. I also epoxied some 3/8 inch balsa strips that i will epoxy to the inside of the gunwhale to help give the deck something to attach to when that point comes.