Forefoot, Keel & Strakes

  

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The forefoot is shaped from a 1½" x 6½" piece of spanish cedar. The length is cut to fit from the bow to 3" inches beyond the 5th horizontal rib.

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The board is set upon blocks of wood forward and aft. A pencil is placed on top of another block and a line is drawn by running the block along the curve of the bottom.

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The line will be used as guide for cutting the forefoot shape on a band saw. The remainder of shaping will be done by hand.

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After shaping is complete, a 1" high notch is cut into the aft end of the forefoot to tie into the keel.

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An angle that matches the bow is cut into the forefoot.

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The forefoot is then cut so that the top line is parallel to the flat portion of the bottom. The aft end is also rounded over at this time.

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The forefoot is then attached to the hull using resin glue, epoxy and annular nails. The length of the nails used is determined by the depth of the wood at each horizontal rib it is nailed to. Before the forefoot is glued, holes are drilled in the center line between ribs to accept nails or screws from inside.

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The keel is a length of spanish cedar 1"x3" that will run along the center line from the forefoot to the aft end of the bottom which has been trimmed to a 3" overhang. The forward end is shaped to fit in the notch in the forefoot.

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The keel is placed under the forefoot and nails are driven through both parts into the bottom and a horizontal rib below.

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The rest of the keel is attached using resin glue and 2½" nails into each rib and the transom.

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The keel/forefoot combination runs the complete length of the boat from stem to stern.

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The strakes are 1½" x 3" x 9’2" pieces of spanish cedar. The strakes are cut at a 15° angle on both sides from bottom to top along the 1½" edge. 1’ of the forward and aft ends are shaped to form a ramp to ⅛".

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The strakes are attached with resin glue and 2½" annular nails driven into each horizontal rib at equal distances from the center line.

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The aft end of each piece is clamped to ensure a secure bond to the bottom and will also re-enforce the 3" overhang.

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View of completed forefoot, keel and strakes.