View Full Version : A ballast keel/deadwood assembly attached and a move home...

Art Read
04-26-2003, 03:14 AM








Wild Dingo
04-26-2003, 03:28 AM
Gawd Art shes looking gorgeous!!

Cant stand it gotta put her up again :cool:

Not long mate and she will be dippin into the drink for her first uptake and she will be the finest kind on the water! ...beautiful work from both of you... memory serves shes a BB Crowninsheild Haven 12 1/2 isnt she?

Dont know how your goin mate but I can hardly wait for the launch!!! :cool:

04-26-2003, 06:08 AM
Excellent, Art!!!

Scott Rosen
04-26-2003, 07:51 AM
Art, she's beautiful. Thanks for the progress pics.

04-26-2003, 08:01 AM
So elegant Art! When's the splash?

04-26-2003, 08:15 AM
Beautiful. Real class work.

04-26-2003, 09:18 AM
Art,....that is simply bitch'n. "top drawer" all the way!!

04-26-2003, 10:23 AM
Like everyone says, Art

04-26-2003, 10:27 AM
Lookin' good!!

Ed Harrow
04-26-2003, 03:01 PM
So sweet. Beautiful - to have sired such a thing ;) Nice work, Art.

Ken Hutchins
04-26-2003, 04:59 PM
Absolutely beautiful smile.gif

Rich VanValkenburg
04-26-2003, 07:36 PM
Words can't describe, but a damn fine job! Way to go Art!

I'd like to hear how it was to drill those bolt holes.


Bruce Taylor
04-26-2003, 08:07 PM
Art by Art...what an achievement. Congrats!

Dave Fleming
04-26-2003, 10:33 PM
Bah, that photo of boring the keel is a setup!
It is too clean, no chips and no stains on the lead from the lubricant. And boring lead with a auger? Hmmmm.

< insert big grin here, Art.>

Seriously that looks good sitting together and loading on the flat bed. And the lead is so smooth and faired looking, sigh. Must feel damn good to get over that last hump.

Question: that drill motor a old Craftman?

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04-27-2003, 08:36 PM
Stunning !! Poetry.

04-27-2003, 08:47 PM
Bet she turns heads everywhere she goes!


04-27-2003, 09:29 PM
Absolutely wonderful...a work of Art indeed! I would love to know more about the building process, including your choice of wood....amazing....

04-28-2003, 04:08 AM
Hi !! beautiful work !! you have cleaned my mind with that structure for carring her home.... what do you think about building one for my Grey Seal when the big day get here ?? would be too much weight ?? how thick must or should be the wood for the structure ?? these will help a lot becouse i have a few inches to get out of my garage.... thank you very much !!

thnaks for the images !!


04-28-2003, 04:29 AM
HO!!! Georgeous!! It's times like this that make me feel very far away. I'd love to come to the launch!

04-28-2003, 05:18 AM

I've followed your posts with great interest. Your works has been done much to motivate and inspire our building progress.

BTW: Clever idea calling AAA to tow her.

04-28-2003, 07:43 PM
:cool: love that "drill in the hole" pic! :D

John B
04-29-2003, 12:14 AM
Not long now eh.

Garrett Lowell
04-29-2003, 09:26 AM
Beautiful. Art, you are seriously causing me to rethink building a H 12 1/2! I may have to switch to a Dark Harbour 12 1/2 when the time comes.

04-29-2003, 11:42 AM
Art, that is first class work, she is absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see her under sail. I hope she made it home safely.

Jeff Robinson
04-29-2003, 10:48 PM
Stuff of fable Art. She is absolutely beautiful.


Cedarhill Boatworks
05-01-2003, 11:05 AM

Art Read
05-03-2003, 02:08 AM
Wow. Thanks for all the feedback and kind words, folks... I didn't mean to "post and run" like that, but I've had a pretty full couple of weeks. Got the boat pulled, shoved, cajoled and squeezed into her temporary home back in the garage... er, boatshop... about 3 hours before we had to catch a "redeye" flight out to Florida to visit my folks for Easter... Got home from Florida with just enough time to get a start on organising the "new" shop, post these pictures and pack a bag for my first sailing class of the season. Just got home again tonight...

I'll try to answer your questions in order...

Shane... Close. B.B.Crowninshield's "Dark Harbor 12 1/2".

Jack... My "smartass" answer to the "launch question" is, "Just as soon as she's done..." My honest answer is I'm just not sure yet... My optimistic intention is to have her afloat soon enough to make the local "Woodenboat Festivals" this summer...

Rich... The keelbolt holes were much worse in anticipation than they were in execution. Then again, I had LOTS of time to mull 'em over... Spent a ridiculous amount of time aligning things, setting up jigs and guides, and double checking myself as I went along. And I got lots of good advise from our friend, RGM, before I proceeded. I was actually surprised how easy the actual boring went. Only paniced once, when the twist drill going thru the lead seized up. A few moments nervous, adrenaline inspired, effort with a pair of vise grips and a mallet saved the day...

Dave... Well... I suppose I'm guilty of taking most of my pictures during "breaks" in the process, but if you check the floor, you can see some evidence of the chips I'd already swept clear. I did a LOT of clearing chips while I was drilling those holes!

Perhaps these pictures will help convince you? ;)



As for the auger, as you can see above, I only used that for drilling down thru the floors, plank keel and deadwood. And to "mark" the top face of the ballast keel. Rodger lent me a couple of "special" ground twist bits to handle actually drilling the lead.

(Oh, and the drill motor is an old "Milwakee" I believe... One of a few great tools I "inherited" from my late father-in-law.)

Shalfleet... The woods used were "green" American White Oak for the backbone structure and frames, Recycled, old growth, Port Orford Cedar for the hull planking, Doug Fir, (Oregon) for bilge stringers and sheer clamps, Sapale ply for the sub deck, 5/16" teak for the deck overlay, Honduras Mahogany for the coamings, cockpit seats, covering boards, king plank, trim, etc, and Sitka Spruce for the spars. (Also a bit of ash for the tiller and "probably" Western Red Cedar(?) for the floorboards...)

As for the building process, you can look here for an overly loaded "photo journal" of the whole project to date: Imagestation Album (http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=4292219521&show_all=1&start=1)

Emeliano... I suspect my cradle would probably handle a bigger boat with perhaps just a little "beefing up". But there are lots of good cradle arrangement ideas out there... For what it's worth, I just used regular, lumber yard, pressure treated, 4x4s, 2x6s, 2x4s and galvanised fasteners to slap mine together.

Cedarhill... It's nice to see you folks still popping in here... You guys gave me a lot of advice when I was first starting this project that gave me the confidence to carry on... Thank you!

And thanks again, also, to the rest of you, for all the kind words...

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Paul Scheuer
05-03-2003, 07:40 AM
Very nice Art. I get a chill every time I see that picture of the tilt bed moment of truth. What was going on in the "tow truck aft" picture in your very complete album ? It looks like the load was shifted.

Dave Fleming
05-03-2003, 10:47 AM
Ah, the answers relieve my questions!
Good to have people like RGM on/at your side, eh?
An old Milwaukee not too shabby, or so says I.

Ya done good Laddy Buck!

Art Read
05-03-2003, 12:19 PM
Yeah, I hear you, Paul. I can still hear that cradle "creaking" every time I look at those pictures myself! The towtruck driver was very patient and cautious however, if somewhat "bemused" by the whole thing... The picture you asked about was while we were still slowly winching her onto the flatbed. I see what you mean about it looking like it "shifted", but I think it's more a trick of the camera angle and the fact that she wasn't quite "lined up" at that point. And actually, the way the crossbraces are positioned she sits a bit "skewed" in her cradle anyway. The cradle itself rides on four, small casters and tends to "yaw" a bit when pulled or pushed. We did a lot of "re-positioning" as she went on. Trust me though. She was very well strapped down for the actual move. If anything, he was more nervous than me! Still can't believe I was actually contemplating trying to do that job myself with a "U-Haul", flatbed car trailer and a come-along... :eek:


(Dave... "Good to have people like RGM on/at your side..." is a major understatement! That rudder/deadwood/ballast keel assembly would still be sitting on the shop floor without all his help, advise and encouragement...)

05-04-2003, 10:19 PM

Been thinking about the sheer beauty of your project all weekend - can't get it out of my head !

Question; do the keel bolts pass all the way thru this very deep lump of lead or are they tapped and threaded into it ? Not clear to me from the pics.


Art Read
05-05-2003, 12:42 AM
They go all the way thru, Lion... If you go up a few posts, you'll see the inch and a half deep counter-bores I drilled for nuts and washers at the bottom end of the bolts in the picture that shows the ballast keel inverted. Quite a relief when they came out "near" where they supposed to! (The fowardmost two bolts will be threaded into short, tapped rods let into a "pocket holes at the tapered, leading edge of the ballast and deadwood however.)

05-05-2003, 12:06 PM
Beautiful hull, nice work. You should be proud. smile.gif

05-05-2003, 02:51 PM
Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Dave Fleming
05-05-2003, 05:06 PM
Art, if ya still have it, can ya post a close up of that countersink or provide a description, please?

J. Dillon
05-05-2003, 05:19 PM
Stunning !! When she's launched it should make the cover of WB and not the "just launched" section.


Art Read
05-06-2003, 09:23 AM
This is the the only picture of that counterbore I've got, Dave... I just "zoomed" in a bit on the shot above... I'll see if I can't get a better picture of the bit itself before I take it back to Rodger.


Art Read
10-03-2005, 04:04 PM
Love this new search "thingy"... I'd almost forgotten those giddy last few months of my project... Damn I miss having a "boatshop"...

Dave Fleming
10-03-2005, 04:44 PM
Worth bumping up Art.

Good memories I'm sure.

Paul Scheuer
10-03-2005, 06:59 PM
I thought you went and built another boat !

10-03-2005, 07:34 PM

I'm still in the midst of building my Buzzards Bay 14 and just drew great inspiration from your keel photos - Great timing! Coincidentally, I just melted my first batch of wheel weights (yielded about 150 pounds) this weekend and just talked to a few more tire shops who say'll they'll provide at least a few hundred pounds more. I've got a pretty decent (and relatively safe) plan to cast my own keel. For now, I'm making up 50 pound ingots, and once I get the 900 - 1,000 pounds together, I'll have the "big meltdown," probably in the spring.

I'm still in the planking stages, so there's not a lot of progress to photo. The planks are taking longer than I anticipated since I've had to scarf every one to accomplish the tremendous sweep to this boat.

By the way, it sounds like you need to get building again!


10-03-2005, 11:03 PM
Yep, nice to see this again Art. Let me know when you start the next one.

10-03-2005, 11:46 PM
Looks like you went overboard awnsering LAKEUNIONS question about painting a hull black.
She's stunning.

Jay Greer
10-04-2005, 10:17 AM
Ah, she's the kind of boat that brings cheers from shore and wishful comments from other owners! Bravo, for a job done the way it should be done. You can have a job in my shop any time!

Did you lube the drill bit with kerosine when you drilled the lead? That and the grinding back on the lips is a great aid in making the drilling a less seizing experience.
A bit of antimony in the pour makes the lead easier to work as well.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
10-04-2005, 08:20 PM
Beautiful and graceful. Well done :cool: :cool: smile.gif