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  • #61092

    Andy Weir
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    I’ve finally got my boat into the garage to dry out, then paint/varnish – needs to go on a bit of a diet (I’m hoping most of the excess weight is moisture) – I was planning to replace my brass keelband with something lighter – started looking at boats/pictures, and it seems that there are a lot of wooden Fireflies that have either lost their keelband, or it is so well faired in that it is difficult to tell where wood ends, and keelband starts.

    Am I missing something?

    #62300

    Michael Brigg
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    Hi Andy,

    I must say, I had always thought that the keel band should be metal but a quick look at the rules chapter and verse says that wooden boats must have…

    Rule D3.2 f)
    “(f) A metal or plastic keelband and stem band shall be fitted to wooden hulls. A keelband and stem band of any material is optional on GRP hulls. Fairing/blending pieces may be fitted at each end of the centreboard case.”

    …And Rule D8.2:-

    Keel and stem bands; Minimum Maximum
    depth – wooden shell ………………………………………………. 3 mm …….. 7 mm
    depth – GRP shell …………………………………………………………… .. 7 mm

    #62514

    Ben Green
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    Have you managed to find a source of the plastic keelband Andy? I need to replace some on F1522 but it seems to be crazy expensive for what it is from chandleries. It’s just a plastic extrusion so must be a cheaper source somewhere

    #62515

    andy__reilly
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    I put plastic on my old boat a few years ago and spent far to much time wondering if it had shattered. I have put aluminium on my current boat and it is only marginally heavier but significantly more resilient.

    #62535

    Andy Weir
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    based on this discussion:

    http://www.solosailing.org.uk/mboard/msg_list.asp?id=D7E46822-7094-4BF0-834A-A936AFD53224

    I’ve gone for 16mm half round aluminium – around £20, and 1/5th the weight of brass.

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