What? Oh just simmer your britches, this is a wood boat site, any old lady is your boat. Okay, so all you goody two shoes can keep reading. Or just look at the pictures. You read Woody Boater for the articles… Right! Got ya.. So here.
SO WHY DO THIS? She had formed a leak at the seam between the keel. When on the railway, no leak, then in the water, her keel would sag. Hey, like any old lady. Anyway. Once on the railway we tapped cotton in the seams, used Seam Compound, and then did the ubolts. And from the engine, or shaft forward. Went right through the Keelson and Keel and used a single Threaded Stainless rod and so on. I will add, drilling holes in your hull is not for the faint of heart. Especially a novice. And two of us second guessing each other is a test of manhood.
Did I mess up? YES, multiple times, and now know how to make dowels out of cedar. So I know that as well. This morning we drop her back into the drink…and have a drink at Bilge watch Beach. STAY TUNED we have a VERY VERY special boat going up on the rail today as well. True Chesapeake Bay History.