607Re: Bilge keels, anyone?
- 6 Nov 00:24Hello Oliver,I am a Swedish owner of the Privateer "Celena" of which I sent a few pictures to this group earlier.The boat was in a bad condition when she was given to me two years ago. When I read yourand other sailors comments on her bad sailing qualities I hesitaded if I should bother torestore her.But at the same time I was curious to know from my own experiences how she behaved whenin the water. I have made a longer and retractable bowsprit to move the sail area forwards.I plan to have removable internal ballast (lead in concrete).When you put the question about bilge keels I thought of the Swedish sailor in small boatsSven Yrvind ( http://www.yrvind.com/ ) who used 15 cm high bilge keels on his rather flat bottomboat in which he crossed the Atlantic a year ago.But now I have decided to try another concept. I will take out the cb, close the cb trunk at thebottom of the hull, add extra ballast in the lower part of the cb trunk and use 2 leeboardsinstead of the cb. Asymmetric leeboards with toe in and made from plywood and perhapswith stringers to increase their strenght.I sail in the archipelago of the Baltic sea which is mainly in sheltered waters.What to you and others think of this?Regards Arne Rudström
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