Installation of Balast and a False Keel

The foundry in Piraeus where the lead ballast for the “Faneromeni” was cast,
note furnace in the background.

April 1992.

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One of the lead ballast segments.

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The lead ballast segments are lifted by the hoist and loaded in my car.

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Raynaldo, “Faneromeni’s” current crewman, assists in the loading.

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All four lead segments are loaded. Their combined weight is 1,000 kg (2,205 lb).

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In this photograph note the mortise (notch) and the end tenon (projection) that lock the ballast segments to one another.

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My Blazer, sitting low from the weight, proudly participates in the project of ballasting the “Faneromeni”.

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Back to the “Faneromeni” and the shipyard. The process of installing the lead ballast begins. In the foreground, Dimitris Prasinos, who was instrumental in this task.

April 1992.

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With the help of a hydraulic jack, each segment, weighing 250 kg (550 lb), is lifted and guided into place.

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Two ballast segments locked with one another.

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Dimitrakis, son of mastro-Spyros Koupetoris, one of the youngest family members, actively participates in preserving the traditions of the shipyard.

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Dimitris Prasinos drilling a hole in a segment of lead ballast. The hole will continue through the keel and the keelson (σωτρόπι). The bolt (τζαβέτα) that holds ballast, keel, and keelson together passes through this hole.

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The drill bit for this task is, by necessity, very long, too long for the space between the lead ballast segment and the ground. The solution in this case is, as shown in the photograph, to dig away the ground so that the drill and the long drill bit fit.

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This critical task is performed by mastro-Spyros Koupetoris and Dimitris Prasinos, the principals of the family-operated shipyard, working together.

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The lead ballast segments are secured in place. The holes through ballast segments,
keel, and keelson have been drilled.

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With the completion of the tasks described above, the bolts come next. These bolts pass through the lead ballast segments, the keel, and the keelson. They support the ballast and re-enforce the keel. Similar bolts were in place, prior to securing the lead ballast segments, to support the keel.

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The bolts that support the lead ballast segments are now installed. A beam of suitable proportions will be placed to close the gap aft of the ballast segments. This will be the only wooden portion of the false keel.

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The wooden section of the false keel is installed on the aft side.

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The wooden section of the false keel is installed on the aft side.

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Yiorgos Karayiannis nails the false keel with long nails.

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The completion of all these tasks is followed by painting of the bilge with minium (Lead tetroxide) primer.

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In the meantime Ntinos Gaitanos, together with his father mastro-Lefteris, continues to paint the boat (hull and underbody).

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Raynaldo undertakes the hard task of painting the bilge.

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The painting of the bilge progresses satisfactorily. The picture shows the part of the bilge that is underneath the engine (the engine itself is “vacationing” at the Mpekatoros Brothers’ machine shop.

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The bilge is now painted and ready. With the painting of the bilge the tasks of replacing the keel and the installation of the ballast were completed.

April 1992.

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