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When to add the keel onto the false keel?

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I have found in several instructions especially from AL that you should plank the hull before adding the keel to the false keel.

Wonder if it isn't better to add it before planking, this in order to get the correct rabbet line?

Anyone who knows better?

Thank you

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If you want to cut in a bearding line, then I would definitely add the keel to the false keel before planking. In any event, adding the keel before planking will make for a much neater job of planking, especially where the plank ends go into the bow and stern post.


If you are double planking, then there might not be as much advantage to adding the keel first, but that will be something that each person has to determine for themselves.



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On my AVS kit, I added the keel, then cut the rabbet and planked the hull. I think this worked well because I was able the shape the ends of the planks to butt flush against the keel for a clean joint. Leaving the keel off, you would have to have the ends extended and shape them all together to meet the keel, hmmm, that sounds like I might work well also, but I've never tried that method.



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The shape of the hull probably has some impact on when to do so.

For my Santisima Trinidad which is single planked, I added it after the planking was completed. It made sanding much easier and the shape seems to work nice.


I do the garbard only from the middle to the stern earlier on and finish with the front part of the garbard to the bow as the very last piece.

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Well this model is supposed to have the soft limewood as first layer and then topped with thin walnut.

However, it came with thick walnut base layer and then to have thin walnut on top.

But I have decided to go single layer. That's the background to my question.



My Constructo America was supposed to have dual layer, but  I went single since it was to be painted. The America also had the thick walnut base layer. The America got the keels installed afterwards which contributed to difficulties with the  rabbet lines.


Thank you all for the information and your point of views.

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Dr. Per,


What Russ said would be the way to go.  When double planking, putting the keel on after sanding (and carefull grooving, etc.) simulates the rabbet and not very well either.  I've done two AL kits and wasn't real happy with that result.  Luckily, I realized the problem after the garboard plank and was able to fix it.

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