Keel finally attached again

After numerous adventures with the keel construction –the keel is made of very poor quality cast iron– , it was finally reattached to the boat yesterday. 8 new keel bolts are in place to make sure it won’t fall off. The bending moment at the keel root when the boat is heeling is enormous –an estimated 4kNm at 90 degrees heel–. I am still not entirely sure that both the bolts and the wooden frames will be able to support it. Some glass/epoxy reinforcements planned for next spring should make me feel a little more comfortable yet.

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