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. 


Unknown said...

A random tour of the net put me on your page about pouring of the bulb for Vertigo. I am the i550 guy in Colorado. neat project!
Can you send more pictures of your build and feel free to call


Tim Reiter
Watershed Sailboats

Unknown said...

Also curious as to who designer is?