582Hrs – Started Keelstrips
Easing back into work today I fancied doing something more constructive than sanding so I decided to start on the keelstrips. You may recall that I have decided to use a UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) PVC. The idea came from Thomas Neilson and I managed to source some locally. It is 10mm thick, very light, extremely tough, abrasion resistant and flexible. Nothing sticks to it either! It is commonly used for wearing parts on machinery like conveyors. I wanted to use black but the ‘regenerated’ product was much cheaper so I will have nice bright green keel strips! Using my circular saw set up to cut 40mm strips I ripped off 12 strips. (Each keel and skeg will use about 2 and a half lengths, the others will be kept as spares). This resulted in some cool green ‘sawdust!) I then marked up, drilled and countersunk the holes for the bronze screws I will use to attach them.