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A24 keel change

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guillainevib says:

Hi All,
I am keen to know what, if anything, Chris Butler had to say about why he changed the keel design. It is obvious that the new keel carries its weight lower, but, as someone with an old keel, I am interested in how bad they were before.
Apologies to all for not being able to attend on saturday.
Cheers,
Nicki
1:50AM, 7 October 2008 PDT (permalink)

busy home [deleted] says:

The subject was not raised , The only mod mentioned was 7/8 to masthead rig and putting the forestay lower chainplate foreward to help with weather helm,
I would have asked if you had reminded me before the meet,sorry.
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guillainevib says:

No problem Ron. Thanks for responding.
Vis a vis legs, it looks like the deal in all on again and I am hoping to deliver Merlin from Pembroke Dock to here late this/early next month. I have absolutely no idea what is actually going to happen, but is it generally possible at short notice to come and collect them?
Cheers,
Nicki
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Skykomish E29 says:

Nicki, not altogether sure if Chris would have remembered why he changed the keel, Apparently he lost a lot of documentation and notes in a fire and as he is getting on a bit memory of technical details is not what it was (Chris' words not mine)
But I am sure we will get to speak to him again sometime, as he seemed to enjoy himself the other evening
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busy home [deleted] says:

Yes collect any time ,, just ring and let me know a day before.
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guillainevib says:

Aeolus,Thanks for that. Not really a problem just curious. Such a shame I was not able to make it.
Ron,
Great stuff. Many thanks.
Nicki
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busy home [deleted] says:

You would have enjoyed Chris s story of surviving a force 11 and having his mast alloy welded by a bus company in the azores(?)
Also his not being able to navigate in his early atlantic crossings,
Putting his new designed 9 inthe water for the first time and setting off transat that day .
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guillainevib says:

I would have enjoyed that very much. He could not navigate? sextant presumably?
I like his faith; putting out in anything on day one is bold, a new design and doing a transat is truly great. Good man.
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Skykomish E29 says:

Yes I was impressed by his lack of design experience when he sat down and drew out the 9 metre by eye, and it worked first time.
Another interesting point that came out was that Chris did not have much faith in pigmant applied to gel coat that is below the waterline and so Achilles were built with clear gelcoat undersides. He now attributes this as the reason so few suffer with anyform of Osmosis problems, of course that coupled with the rigid quality control that he enforced
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