Keel fairing strip

Discussion in 'Materials' started by DRB, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. DRB
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    DRB New Member

    Perhaps somebody could suggest a suitable material to attach around the opening of a swing keel to reduce turbulence when the keel is lowered. The keel is a foil shape and is about 3 1/2" wide at it's widest. I am building the boat using cedar strip and epoxy construction. Any suggestions appreciated.
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Heavy sail cloth is a traditional material, rubber gaskets and just about everything else has been tried. I even saw a bicycle inner tube used, which attached inside the case and was hand pumped to seal the slot closed around the board.
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