Keel Alteration

Submitted by Tim Davis “Gale Force II” Some of the PYC members are aware that I altered the keel on my 1987 Hunter 40 in the spring of 2006. Since I have had so many people inquiry about the whys and wherefores I will share my experience with the club. I won’t go into all the reasons why we decided to buy another Hunter 40 after the previous one burned. The only difference between the two models was the keel configuration. The former was a 41/2 foot shoal draft and the later was a 61/2 deep fin keel. I bought the deep draft knowing that I would need to shorten the keel if I planned to continue my tenancy with Dan’s Pepin Marina. I had seen several 6 foot draft boats hung up in the marina. Any slight doubt I may have had went away immediately when I came into DPM on Labor Day 2005 and went aground trying to tie up to the transient dock. During the off season of 2005-6 I researched keel shortening and quickly concluded that the “go to” company was Mars Metal Co in Canada. I told them I needed to shorten the keel by 12 inches. They have software that once programmed with information about the boat model and keel configuration will calculate the amount of replacement weight to keep the same Righting Moment. Hunter Marine had long ago discarded the information about my keel model so I had to provide the statistics needed by Mars. This I did following their instructions. Mars told me that cutting a foot off the iron keel...

2014 Racing Schedule and Results

All races are open to all sailors. Note that the Lake City races’ skipper meetings are at the Lake City Yacht Club. Pepin races are just $15. Results are listed below each PYC race. 5/17/14 – Commodore’s Cup, Skipper meeting 11:00am, race start 1:00. Sponsored by Dockside Mercantile. 1st – Wassergeist, 2nd – Rudder Chaos, 3rd – Moja Rodzina, 4th – Gale Force II 5/24-25/14 – Lake City Yacht Club Open, Skipper meeting 11:00am in Lake City, race start 1:00. 5/31/14 – PYC Trans Pepin, Skipper meeting 9:00am, race start 11:00am. In finish order: Wassergeist, Sonshine, Rudder Chaos, Dog Catcher, Winsome, Painkiller, Bloomies, Tonic, Vollsegang, Gale Force II 6/14/14 – LCYC Teer Beest Pursuit Race 6/28/14 – Harbor View Cup, Skipper meeting 11:00am, race start 1:00. In finish order: Sonshine, Wassergeist, Makani, Rudder Chaos, Las Brisas, DNF Last Straw, Dionysus 7/5/14 – Cosponsored PYC & LCYC Trans Pepin (skipper mtg in LC) H20 Sprite took line honors, however, they were knocked back to 4th by PHRF handicapping by slower rated boats.  It was Night Runner who corrected into 1st Place, Wassergeist in 2nd and Rudder Chaos in 3rd.  Saffron, Dog Catcher (nka Lucky Dog) and Royal Treat followed very closely behind. 7/19/14 – Pickle Factory Cup, Skipper meeting 11:00am, race start 1:00. #1 Tumbleweed (LCYC) #2 Wassergeist (PYC / LCYC) #3 My Therapy (Pepin Marina) #4 Norcal (PYC) #5 Lucky Dog (LCYC) #6 Barbara Jean (PYC) #7 Rudder Chaos (PYC) #8 Gale Force (PYC) #9 Endurance (LCYC) #10 Las Brisas (LCYC) Two DNF’s: MacPuff and Last Straw 8/2/14 – Paul & Fran’s Classic, Skipper meeting 11:00am, race start 1:00....