Center-board installed

After some serious sanding of the hull in the last couple of days, I installed the center-board. I used a piece of fibreglass rod as the ‘hinge’ pin instead of a steel bolt. This rod is a bit larger in diameter (10 mm) than a steel pin/bolt as per manual. These rods are ‘normally’ used as outriggers on wooden posts for electric fences. I usually drill an undersized hole into the post and then use a hammer to drive them home – I have never broken one in the process. This short pin is very strong, and it won’t rust.

Once the glue has cured, I can sand the two areas flush where the pin is fixed on either side of the keel. After that, the hull will be ready to paint …