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Paul Beeney29/06/2020 11:20:43
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Hi all need some advice would anyone recommend a keel clamp to hold the model steady when working on it and if so any recommendations

Thanks Paul

Ray Wood 229/06/2020 11:39:28
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Hi Paul,

You didn't respond to any of the suggestions made here last October when you posted the same question, what would you be expecting this time ??

Regards Ray

Paul Beeney29/06/2020 11:48:15
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Good manners to start but to answer your question as you get older you may find yourself forgetting things

Dave Milbourn29/06/2020 13:50:33
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Posted by Paul Beeney on 29/06/2020 11:48:15:

Good manners to start but to answer your question as you get older you may find yourself forgetting things

I think I might just forget to read any more of your posts, Mr Beeney.

Paul T29/06/2020 14:10:44
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Something like a workmate would be ideal for clamping a keel but I would advise against doing this as when working on your boat you will be putting excessive lateral stress on the keel.

The keel could break under these loads and ruin your boat.

A better method is to use an old quilt or eiderdown, fold the quilt into a rectangle and use it as a soft support for the bottom of the entire hull.

But in my experience a custom made frame is the best way of fully supporting your boat whilst working on it.

I hope this helps with your problem


Edited By Paul T on 29/06/2020 14:15:08

Paul T29/06/2020 14:54:59
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I might have misunderstood what you planned to use the clamp for, I presumed that your model was complete and that you were carrying out maintenance.

However for a build of a traditional sailing vessel a keel clamp is necessary but I wouldn't bother with the expense of buying one as I would simply make my own using two lengths of 75mm x 15mm (one fixed to the building board and the other loose) and bolting them together to form a long clamp.

Something like this one from Mantua LINK but without the fancy flanges


If you post some photos of your build I will be able to help out a little more.


Edited By Paul T on 29/06/2020 15:00:08

Paul Beeney29/06/2020 19:12:53
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Thanks Paul that sounds a great idea something to do this week


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