Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Attaching the Bulb

After bolting the halves together and smoothing and fairing the bulb, it was time to attach it to the keel fin.  At first, I was having a bugger of a time drilling through the keel.  I would get about an inch into it and the bit would bind and get stuck and eventually break.  Finally I discovered the key to drilling lead is to keep it lubricated.  If I kept spraying WD40 on the bit and in the hole, it drilled as easy as drilling wood and I had no more problems.
After bolting on the bulb, I made an epoxy fillet which I then reinforced with glass and carbon fiber.