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March 24, 2009

THE BRONZE KEEL

After much hesitation I decided to increase the draft of Yrvind by 3.2 centimeter 1 1/4 inch and reduce her load carrying capacity by 120 kilos. I would gain better stability. Watching grib weather files for Cape Horn daily for over a year has made me worried about its storm. Also I would get a very strong antifouling bottom if I made the keel of bronze. Here I would like to thank Carol of the Copper Development Association very much for paitiently ansver my many silly questions.
The foundry BLOMSTERMĂ…LA METALLGJUTERI did now as with the leadweights an excellent job. To celebrate I will give talk at TIMMERNABBEN YACHT CLUB tuesday 7 of April 1900 welcome.

Below are some pictures. I started to make a pattern. I used square cut divinycell and glassfibre and NM-epoxy to make a pattern Martin gave me advice. Thank You.

As the pattern was long and flexible I made a pattern for the pattern of plywood to check it in the foundry.

First we put the pattern on a flat surface backed by sand.

Then we put the bottle arond her.

Next we packed her with moulding sand.

Next comes feeders and raisers.

More foundry sand is packed.

The mould is split the pattern removed and the surfaceces are blackend with graphit. The solvent is burnt of.

The bronze is melted.

Then poured.

The whole thing has to cool for several hours.

Then still pretty hot it is taken apart.

Now I can see one surface of my keel. It is still very hot but its starting to snow so it cools it quicker. Still I have to go for lunch before its cool enough to handle.

It weighs 126 kilos pretty close to my estimated 120. It has also shrunk 1 1/2 % But that is no problem. After cutting of the feeders and raisers I put the keel in my car and I drive one and a half houer north to Västervik where I unload her.

Next I start to get a smouth surface on her. She now looks nice and I am proud of my decision to make a bronze keel. To be continued.




March 22, 2009

A FUNNY THING ABOUT TIME

Last summer 22 April my 70 year birthday seamed so far away. Now its only one month away. My original plan was to launch the boat at my birthday and have a party. Now I realize that that have to wait – it seams only the gods know when the boat will be ready. The party and the launching have to wait.

However anyone genuinely interested in small boats are welcome to Baumansgatan 4 here in Västervik on 22 of April between 16 and 18 hours and have a look at the work so far. There will be no cakes or drinks and I will not accept any birthday gifts, but I will talk and ansver questions and you can take a picture of the boat.




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