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>> Home > Tags > keel

Any clues? by commodore Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 2 days ago
This is certainly NOThe the model of a Thames or Coastal barge hull The proportions are all wrong and it has a keel-a Thames/Coastal does not. Also the rudder is wrong for a Barge which .has the rudder hung from a stern post.

Sunk yacht by Divermike Petty Officer   Posted: 5 days ago
Thanks lads, it would nice to see the owner get it back, it was quite a sight seeing it 20ft down, stood upright on its keel in full sail, we couldn't believe how heavy it was to drag back out

Sunk yacht by Divermike Petty Officer   Posted: 6 days ago
Hi, I have just registered here to try and re-unite a very beautiful yacht we recovered from the bottom of Llyn Padarn North Wales yesterday, its over 5ft high with its sails up, very heavy lead keel, full of electronics, there are pictures of it on "Facebook Dorothea Quarry" page (That's our usual dive site) its not been sunk that long as in quite good condition, Im sure someone will recognise it right away ..... Best regards Diver Mike

Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute by Richard7 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 9 days ago
Hi everyone, l checked the planking balsa in the kit and they are all the same length, so when fitting l assume that you should start from the bow end and the next from the stern end and vice versa. Then fill the shorter lengths use a full plank strip and cut small lengths to fill the end gaps? Between us l cannot see what the logic is behind Billing Boats doing this? Both my previous billing boat kits came with planking longer than needed. All very odd. I will ensure that l strengthen the keel as suggested, thanks to all for your help. Frodo l look forward to seeing some photos of your planking once you’ve started. Cheers Richard.

Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Agreed Ron, that keel joint definitely needs some reinforcement👍 Personally I would do the same between all the bulkheads to give the last plank something to sit on and strengthen the whole shebang. Actually it should be the first plank; start at the keel and work up on alternate sides. 👍 BTW Richard, if you buy a 68cm battery you'll have to build a half full size boat 😉😁 Also, when cutting the planks try to make sure that you don't have short pieces at the stern. They will be harder to keep in place than longer chunks and won't take the hull shape properly and smoothly. Try to keep the joints somewhere in the mid section where the hull is flatter and the joints are under less stress BUT not one above the other, stagger them at least one bulkhead from plank to plank. If you don't get on with the bender (and the hull will be painted and not varnished) you could cheat a little (we all do it when it suits😊) and glue balsa blocks around the stern and carve and sand to fit. @ Frodo, this was originally your thread 😲 - hope you are following and all this helps you as well!? Best of luck to you both, cheers Doug 😎

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by kmbcsecretary Captain   Posted: 12 days ago
ships boat continued hi all have spent today knocking up a simple jig to hold the keel and ribs of the ships boat while the glue goes off. pic 1 & 2 shows the jig set with the keel in place. pic 3 shows the dry fit test to insure all fits square and true. pic 4 is all the ribs glued to the keel. The rig is made up of pieces of ali angle which was a damaged length from when my greenhouse was delivered last year, all i have done is cut 12 pieces approx 10-15mm wide and drilled 1 hole for fixing to the board. I then marked out the board for where the ribs need to be and fixed two of the brackets for either side of the ribs and used a length of 6x2 beech long enough to be clamped to both angles which was for clamping the ribs too, 1 piece of angle was placed at the front and stern to hold the keel square to the board which is a scrap bit of OSB. Each rib was dry fitted to the keel for any fine tuning using a set square to insure square and true, once i was happy with the results i dismantled it and refitted glueing the ribs in place again double checking with the set square to check for any movement in the jig.

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by kmbcsecretary Captain   Posted: 13 days ago
the ships boat continued today i have finished cutting out the inner of the ribs with my tungsten rod saw. these where filed and sanded with 250 grit and 2500 grit sandpaper. i have dry test fit each of the ribs to be sure of a square true fit before they will be glued. tomorrow i will be making a jig to hold the keel and ribs while the glue goes of and to keep the frame square till planked. pic 1 is of the rod saw used pic 2 is of the ribs after being filed and sanded pic 3 & 4 is of the dry test fit Ron

Ready for the first test on water by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Hi Donnie, Yep, we had 25°C (Plus!) here yesterday😎, should be warm next week as well but I still have to fit windows to make her waterproof, and a brass or alu U channel to protect the keel. Ciao, Doug

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by kmbcsecretary Captain   Posted: 14 days ago
ships boat continued i have got all the ribs cut out and the outer edge sanded within a couple of mm of the marked edge, leaving the last couple of mm for when they are fixed to the keel.(pic1) i then marked out and filed out the notch for the fixing point to the keel using my permagrit needle files.(pic2) finally today i finished with marking out the inner edge of the (pic3) ribs using my makeshift compass using a steel rule as the smooth edge with a couple of wood coffee stirrers as packers (pic4) to get a uniform width for all the ribs held together with a couple of cable ties ready for cutting out and sanding over the weekend. Ron

New Member by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Looks pretty neat 👍 Are you going to reinforce the joint in the keel as well? I have a selection of micro and pico RC gear so installing in the cutter 'Gina 2' shouldn't be a problem. Motor and battery might be 😲 Pic shows roughly what she should look like! Hope mine turns out a bit neater though. Cheers Doug 😎

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by kmbcsecretary Captain   Posted: 15 days ago
The finished keel for the ships boat after sanding and shaping

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by kmbcsecretary Captain   Posted: 19 days ago
Today while waiting for the weather to warm up i have started work on the ships boat which when finished will be 8" in length and a beam of 4". I will be making this using mahogany for the whole boat and the first job was to cut, sand and glue the parts that make up the keel. this was made using 5mmx3mm mahogany sandwiched between 2 lengths of 10mmx2mm mahogany which when finished will give 5mm square keel.i have always found it easier doing it this way rather than try and bend the wood.

Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
BTW2: for both 'New Builders' Frodo and Richard; a planking tip. Start at the keel and work upwards alternating from side to side. helps to stop the hull twisting 👍 Cheers Doug 😎

Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
BTW Richard, if you do cut the recess further into the keel I would reinforce the keel with some wood fillets on either side for strength. Looking at the whole construction; I would be inclined to do this along the whole keel anyway - to help with fixing the planking and give the hull more strength, not just relying on a fillet of glue! Cheers Doug 😎

Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Evenin' All, attached the Billings instructions. See Fig. 2, page 18 and Fig. 13, page 29. Seems there are already cut outs in the keel for motor fitting! Seems to me that the motor could be bolted to a simple cross piece which is then bolted or glued to bulkhead #4. Max possible diameter of motor (without having to butcher the keel) can be measured from the profile given in Fig. 13. Your photo shows the motor too far aft, too close to the shaft. The mount should not sit on the bulkhead but forward of it in the recess in the keel. Billings designer obviously foresaw a longer coupling and a smaller motor. Maybe a 400 can size!? I agree, the Billings instructions are more than a bit meagre. 🤔 I've also noticed that the German translation is better and makes more sense than the English version 🤔 If you need any help with that let me know!😉 Cheers Doug 😎