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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Installing Keel Blade

After fixing the keel blade so it fits properly in the keel box we lined up the location from the plans the center of gravity for the bulb and the location on the blade where it is to be located. We realized the slot on the bulb needed to be longer so here i am drilling it out to extend the slot in the bulb. eventually the bulb will be pinned to the keel blade and epoxied in place. Some holes were drilled into the bulb to reduce the weight. The bulb and the keel can not weigh more than 2500 grams. I had to reduce it by 60 grams or more to make it work. This weight reduction will have to be done again after it is epoxied together, but hopefully only a small amount of lead will need to be removed.

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