Lead Pour and Centerboard Progress

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It has been a few weeks since I last brought you up to date on Journey’s progress.  This has actually been a productive past few weeks. I sanded the keel and routed out the front edges of the centerboard trunk since they will be visible inside the cabin. Then I routed the bottom of the keel to reduce drag in the water.

After a final sanding, the keel was ready for the lead to be melted and poured into the forward and aft compartments.

Here is a picture of the keel all ready for the lead pour.

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The lead came from tire weights secured from a local tire company. I used a turkey fryer that has been in  my garage forever, a cast iron frying pan purchased from a yard sale,  a spatula borrowed from my wife (Do you think she will notice if I cleaned it up really good and put it back?) Yeah, that’s what I thought too. Hey, at least now I know what to get her for her birthday!

I also used heavy leather gloves, long sleeves, long pants, eye protection and my cartridge respirator.

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So with all of that, one would think that nothing could possible go wrong…. Well, one would be wrong! LOL

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It’s a little hard to see, but on the first pour, I figured out very quickly that heavy leather gloves does not a hot pad make. So I burned my finger, and spilled a bit of the precious lead all over the place.

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The good news is that, my finger is healing nicely and didn’t delay the rest of the pour and it’s amazing how easily you can just scape up the spilled lead and re-melt it. However, before I melted the second pouring, I went back to my wife’s kitchen where the spatula came from and borrowed one of her pot holders, which worked just great… right up to the point… that it caught on fire. I guess I can add a pot holder to her birthday list 🙂

Here is a picture of the finished bow section

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The aft section all finished!

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A picture of a 2014 penny (for luck) all ready to seal up inside the keel forever!

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Keel all sealed up ready for the keelson.

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I also glued the two halves of the centerboard together.

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Here is a picture of the 3/8″ wide and 3/4″ deep rabbit cut into the centerboard. I used a dado blade on my table saw which turned out very nicely. I decided to cut the dado before pouring the lead into the centerboard because I figured it would be much easier to handle on the table saw (which it was) The groove is there to pour large quantities of epoxy into. This will provide a great deal of protection for the exposed centerboard.

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Here is a picture of the keelson epoxied together laying next to the keel.

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Soooo I just keep taking things one step at a time. Next step is to build the craddle for the keel and see if I can start making Journey look like a boat.


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