Lofting the Keel

Over the first weekend in February AFAD participants helped finish up the molds while helping us loft the aft five stations of the keel full scale.

Participants laid out the station lines full scale starting mid-ship with Station 5. Due to the fore mentioned space constraints, we focused on the aft portion of the keel where more information is needed for constructing our new keel. Over the years cheek and filler blocks have been added to the width and height where the prop shaft and rudder shafts pass through the keel in an attempt to strengthen and support these lightly built areas.

Participants laid out the station lines full scale starting mid-ship with Station 5. Due to the fore mentioned space constraints, we focused on the aft portion of the keel where more information is needed for constructing our new keel. Over the years cheek and filler blocks have been added to the width and height where the prop shaft and rudder shafts pass through the keel in an attempt to strengthen and support these lightly built areas.

It is hard to see in this photo however we have strung a line to sight the angle of the bottom of the keel. Originally we did not like the looks of our first incantation so we checked our measurements coming up with a more accurate representation. Using a string line to sight saves us from erasing an unwanted line later.

It is hard to see in this photo however we have strung a line to sight the angle of the bottom of the keel. Originally we did not like the looks of our first incantation so we checked our measurements coming up with a more accurate representation. Using a string line to sight saves us from erasing an unwanted line later.

Upon completing what we could accomplish on lofting the keel we took a walk back to the shipyard and to  Delaware.  Climbing aboard we took a bit of time to examine her, explaining how to tell what parts of her have been repaired and why things may have been repaired the way they were. We also discussed some of the many things we have on our to do list.

Upon completing what we could accomplish on lofting the keel we took a walk back to the shipyard and to Delaware. Climbing aboard we took a bit of time to examine her, explaining how to tell what parts of her have been repaired and why things may have been repaired the way they were. We also discussed some of the many things we have on our to do list.

Back in the shop a few participants learned for the first time how to safely operate the band saw while cutting out a section for one of our molds.

Back in the shop a few participants learned for the first time how to safely operate the band saw while cutting out a section for one of our molds.

I want to thank our awesome crew for the day for their help! If you are interested in working on the  Delaware  restoration please visit http://cbmm.org/learn/shipyard-programs/ for registration and a list of program dates.  JK

I want to thank our awesome crew for the day for their help! If you are interested in working on the Delaware restoration please visit http://cbmm.org/learn/shipyard-programs/ for registration and a list of program dates.

JK

Jennifer Kuhn