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    Chautauqua Lake, NY

    Default Chautauqua Belle - Replacing Steel on Bow

    We are getting ready to cut out a a large portion of the steel on the Bow of the Belle, due to it falling below .200 thickness, in the attached photo the area chalked in is all the steel we'll be cutting out. We'll be cutting it out in one piece so that the steel can be formed around the old piece, and then hopefully only have to make small adjustments with the winches pulling it into place.

    We're wondering if we should weld a flat piece of half inch steel about 4 inches wide onto the center of the bow keel running back to act as a running pad for when we beach, the inspectors are not very enthusiastic of us putting another doubler plate on the bow and this was our idea. Is this something you imagine would be practical? In my ship construction classes we only briefly talked about vessels that run aground on purpose, and the Captain teaching made it more of a joke then anything.
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