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 Sailing without a keel

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PostSubject: Sailing without a keel   Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:47 am

So I was looking from under the boat at the keel and to say it's in sad shape is an understatement. Basically, it looks like it broke in half and only a piece remains around the keel pivot bolt.  The prior owner said he sailed without the keel down, I guess I see why…anyways…I assume it's ok to sail without the keel (for now) as long as winds are not too strong and not aggressive with the tack/jibe?

Any non-super expensive ways to replace the keel?  I found a place that can make a keel…I haven't reached out to them yet to see if they can for a clipper marine, but I suspect that they can for a price (which I question whether it's worth it).  I'm handy, having built my own house from the ground up mostly by myself, but I don't think I can fabricate a keel on my own…I've done enough Bondo work on cars to believe I can make the boat look new…but without a keel…I don't know…COMMENTS please!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sailing without a keel   Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:47 pm

Sailing without a keel, is more of a row boat than anything else.   A plane without wings would not get far off the ground.

To reproduce a proper keel, is going to get close or possibly exceed the value of your sailboat.


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PostSubject: Re: Sailing without a keel   Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:43 am


  Looking at the specs you can see the size and weight to make another.  They are 480 lb or so on the 21 & 26.  I think that they are bigger at the bottom than the top for stability.  either way you would certainly need that shape out of 1/2 " steel anyway.  Might be worth it to estimate the weight of one out of 1/2".  If that is enough, then a torch and alot of grinding.

good luck

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PostSubject: Re: Sailing without a keel   Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:33 pm

I would never sail one without the keel. It would be next to impossible to right if blown over. I would  remove the mast and deck it out with fishing rod holders and a swivel seat mounted on the forward deck and sell it as a fishing over-nighter. A local guy did that to his South Coast 22 that lost its keel and sold it for almost twice what he paid for it!
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PostSubject: Re: Sailing without a keel   Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:28 pm

Here's a copy of a print I posted a while back. Should give you an idea of the dimensions you will be dealing with for a keel reconstruction.

Hope it helps.

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