Re: Video of Haven 12 1/2 lead keel pour
Bob Cleek,while skirting around the details of the known dangers to humans from lead, is right on. It does not take great thinking ,all that much energy or cost a fortune to work safe with lead. If you: cannot wear cloves or other protective clothing, do not understand clearly what "upwind" means, think that a quarter inch plywood mold is plenty strong, have no means of telling the difference between wet and dry or suffer from ADD, then absolutely please get someone else to pour your lead keel for you. Mind you, if just the thought of pouring lead paralyzes you with fear also please refrain from pouring lead.
Otherwise pouring a once in a lifetime several hundred pound keel is really no big deal. Hundreds of amateurs have poured lead keels,from wee lead shoes of around 100 pounds to big boys in the 7 to 8 ton range.
When it is your first time doing a pour, it is perfectly alright to have little, evil, fearful, thoughts flying around the parimeter of your consciousness.Let's face it, molten metal and fire can be pretty exciting things in and of themselves. The trick is to not get so excited you become giddy or lose your focus. The actual pour is going to happen very quickly and all will be over before you know it so slow down and pay attention during the whole process.
Here is a link to my little lead pouring experience. I've assisted on a few other keels slighty bigger than this one with similar success.
Peter, who has wondered about the tens of thousands of sport fishermen,kids and adults alike, who routinely, if not daily, play and fumble with their little lead fishing weights without wearing gloves...........
Do it,do it,do it,do it,do it,do it,do it,now!
This boat was built with ten thumbs.No fingers were harmed in anyway.