Sunday, February 5, 2012

Richardson Keel

The floors and frame repairs are done, the keel section is out and the stem is braced. Now it is time to work the magic with battens and bandsaw and fit the new keel section followed by the stem knee. Once those are all carved and secured in place the starboard planking is sprung away from the framing to allow access to the stem. The problems there are pretty obvious, black rotten oak soon to be new.  This is a classic sequence of events in any rebuild. Things are done in an order that maintains the integrity of the structure while making room for each successive repair.

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