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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Keel Box Installed


After 8 days in Alaska and then 3 days in Panama City, FL, it was good to be back home and to get some work done on the VEKTOR. This evening we put the hull in the cradle and then lined it up in Al's jig to get her straight and to fond the center-line with the laser sight. After we found the center-line we marked the location for the keel trunk. After discussing this with Hew, we moved the location of the keel and the trunk forward 1/4 of an inch as Hew says his VEKTOR does not have any weather helm and we figured this moving the keel forward will give the boat some feel of weather helm. You can see in the photo that the that the keel box is in place and I am putting some epoxy mixed with some adhesive type filler to thicken it up to a peanut butter consistency. This fillet was placed around the keel box. 3 strips if fiberglass was laid up on each side of the box and then 2 layers of fiberglass was laid up on the forward and aft ends of the box. These photos were taken with Hew's iPhone and i will take some additional photos tomorrow when we hope to get some more work done.

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