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Old 30-12-2013, 12:10   #16
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Re: U.S.S. Norton Life Boat Conversion.

Hi when the conversion was done they made a steel keel, full length, 8 inches wide and 20 inches deep. and fillid it with concrete. then welded it to the hull. the last 3 feet of keel is a water tank for keel cooling the engine.

Never sailed her yet.

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Old 30-12-2013, 14:34   #17
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Hi when the conversion was done they made a steel keel, full length, 8 inches wide and 20 inches deep. and fillid it with concrete. then welded it to the hull. the last 3 feet of keel is a water tank for keel cooling the engine.

Never sailed her yet.

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Adding 20 inches onto her keel makes sense . Unlikely to be winning many races around the cans , but nonetheless would be going sideways a lot less .

Also adding length to the sailplan (with the mizzen and bowsprit) rather than height would suit her.
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Hi when the conversion was done they made a steel keel, full length, 8 inches wide and 20 inches deep. and fillid it with concrete. then welded it to the hull. the last 3 feet of keel is a water tank for keel cooling the engine.

Never sailed her yet.

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Looks like she'll get ya there and back. Hopefully if the OP of this thread ever comes back he will see an example of what is possible. Like DoJ though I doubt he went forward with his project.

Am a big fan of old boats.
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Re: U.S.S. Norton Life Boat Conversion.

A friend of mine is involved with refitting these old Captain's launches. Not on the same level as the old life boats, but I thought it might be interesting to some.
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