I just recently hauled out my Catamaran
Sea Nomad and realized there is a bunch of water
in the keels.
Now those are rather unique design from the previous owner I would say. They are solid wood
in the center (about 2inch wide) with boards on either side and a massive (2inch thick) piece of hardwod on the bottom, making the entire keel
size something like 25cm wide, 4cm high and 3,7m long.
Now that the boards are off on the side, the centerpiece is still about 2 inch thick and the hardwood on the bottom is still on.
These keels were designed to beach the boat
on a regular basis. Since I am not doing this I am thinking about redesigning the keels, but never attempted anything like this before.
The center piece is BOLTED onto the hull
itself at the moment, so shortening it would create some extra holes in the hull
There is some pictures of the keel
(center piece only) here:
Refit | Project Manaia
Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions for the most beneficial solution? Ideally nothing too fancy in terms of finances... we are in the end a small NGO running the boat
, so we try cut down on extensive costs that are not necessary...
My first thought was: Leave the hardwood on, but trim it down to the width of the centerpiece and then put some glass around the entire thing, rounding the edges, so the draft
would stay the same but the keel would be a whole lot slimmer than before... any thoughts?
Thank you all already!