Keel Change

“Faneromeni” after the removal of the old keel.

Salamis, February 1992.

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The exposed ribs.

Salamis, February 1992.

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The garboard strake (first plank) and the second plank have been removed. The sight of the exposed ribs depresses me greatly.

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From inside the boat. The bilge is exposed and the ground below is visible.

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The arrival of the large Iroko beam for the keel from Thessalonica at the entrance of the Koupetoris yard in Salamis.

February 1992.

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Manos Koupetoris next to the beam. Manos is a husky youth–so you can see the size of the beam.

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The beam now hanging in the air.

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“Pull, pull…”“Pull, pull…”

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“Now all together…” The beam at the threshold of the yard’s woodshop.

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The stern section of the old keel.

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“Faneromeni’s” bow, still without the keel.

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The large beam, transformed to a keel and ready for installation. Stern side.

Salamis, March 1992.

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Bow side.

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The new keel under “Faneromeni,” just before installation.

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The new keel seen from the bow, just before installation.

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The installation process begins.

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The fit must be perfect.

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Final adjustments.

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The tenons fit perfectly with the ribs, even though one rib is misshaped.

Salamis, March 1992.

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After fitting, the new keel is removed for painting. This task was undertaken by mastro-Lefteris Gaitaniós. Of course, the minium primer was not obtained commercially but was made by mastro-Lefteris from Lavrio minium powder mixed with linseed oil and other pure ingredients.

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Mastro-Lefteris continues his task.

Salamis, March 1992.

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The new keel painted and installed. Relief!!

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A single new plank replaces the garboard strake (first plank) and the second plank which were removed together with old keel.

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Detail of the new plank. Also a new stainless steel bracket, fabricated by mastro-Pandelis and Nikitas, that secures the keel and the rudder post (ποδόσταμο) and also supports the rudder-pin.

Salamis, April 1992.

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