Changing keelbands topic

Ian McDonald posted this 26 September 2019

I am considering options to reduce the hull weight of my wooden Miles.

Thinking about replacing the existing metal keelbands with plastic.

Has anyone done this? Mainly worried about plastic not being robust enough.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Ian McDonald posted this 3 Weeks ago

And with the recent very positive news that the minimum weight will stay at 70 kilo, I promise that when 4217 comes back from paint, she will be weighed again

Ian McDonald posted this 4 Weeks ago

I have had some offline advice ( thanks!)

It looks like replacing the brass keel strips with plastic may take 2 kilo off. I need to check how much is brass and how much alloy to see if mine fits into this category

Perhaps I can get the same weight from me by cutting down on the beer intake!

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Ian McDonald posted this 4 Weeks ago

Looks like there are no viable options to keep within the rules and reduce the weight of a correctly made and dry boat.

Here's hoping the rules stay at 70 kilo minimum.

Ian McDonald posted this 30 September 2019

We have an Andy Mile boat (4287) at our club which carries 3kg of correctors. I'm surprised that yours is registered as overweight as they were a quality product in their day and should all have come out the same weight. My first step would be to get your boat checked on some scales that are known to be accurate as a first step.

My boat is 70 kg with no correctors on the rya certificate, so it's on weight officially. My boat is in for a paint and tidy next month and I wanted to get some weight off and correctors in at the same time- largely to reduce any gain over the last 20 years and also to counter the proposed reduction in all up weight if its voted through.

I would agree Godfrey ,that Andy Miles made a superb boat and that most have correctors. I will own up to checking very carefully for any filled screw holes on the centreboard case where correctors may have been fitted in the past. No holes!

I am going to get the boat weighed next month.

Still open to any more options to reduce weight if the scales agree with the certificates!

Godfrey Clark posted this 30 September 2019

We have an Andy Mile boat (4287) at our club which carries 3kg of correctors. I'm surprised that yours is registered as overweight as they were a quality product in their day and should all have come out the same weight. My first step would be to get your boat checked on some scales that are known to be accurate as a first step.

Ian McDonald posted this 28 September 2019

I gave been reassured that plastic trim is ok ( thanks!)

The suggestion of a lightweight transom flap is already in place.

Any other ideas to reduce weight without too much hacking of Mr Miles craftsmanship?

Ian McDonald posted this 26 September 2019

Sorry Nick, I should have been more specific.

4217 is certificated at 70 kilo with no correctors so any weight reduction needs to come from somewhere else. I am open to advice from where!.

And I agree totally that any change needs to be done officially. Even though I may "just" be club sailing it's important that we all follow the rules.

Nick Fisher posted this 26 September 2019

Why not have your boat weighed and if overweight reduce your lead. You will need to do this officially and get a new measurement certificate, especially if you intend to race at any of the "Championships".

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