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Pratique 35 steel kit sailboat project of Peter Weston

Page 10 - Lower keel & Skeg

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

The lower keel is assembled separate from the hull. Here the division plates have been welded to the bottom plate and one side has been attached. This side can be welded on the inside.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Both sides fitted, looking from forward.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Slot welding the 2nd side onto the divisions where there is not enough room for access to weld them on the inside.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Fitting the split-pipe leading edge.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Skeg and mooring bollards being fabricated.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Skeg ready to be trimmed for fitting under upper keel.

The hull welding is complete and ready for grinding prior to blasting and painting.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Casting lead ingots from tyre weights that have been melted down and the clamps, dirt and other impurities skimmed off. The builder has used a cast iron frying pan as a mould to produce ingots of a convenient size.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

The pile of ingots waits for the next stage.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

The ingots being weighed prior to melting for pouring into the lower keel, to ensure accurate ballasting.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Ballast compartments filled with lead quantities as specified on the drawings.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Same stage, looking forward along keel.

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