Video of the Week: Acorn to Arabella Moves Their 4.5 Ton Keel

The Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, had a plan when they poured their nearly 9000-pound lead keel into plywood molds in the ground. The plan was: figure out a way to move it. These ingenious men had no doubt they could move the lead to the crib built in their boathouse. But of course, plans have a way of going sideways – which was what they hoped the keep would NOT do. Check out today’s video of the week to see how the resourceful duo got the keel moved. Their audience certainly seems to have some post-move advice on mechanical advantage, beard grooming and rope snapping prevention, so be sure to read the comments and leave your own. 

And since some of you are asking: Here is a statement from Tips from A Shipwright and Lou:

Dear Tips Fans,

We appreciate your concern about Lou and the TotalBoat Sport Dory Series. Unlike the skiff build, Lou is taking more time building this intricate Dory. We are not producing weekly videos at this time and appreciate your patience as we continue to build, film and edit a boat into a video.

It’s a lot of work and we like to do it right. We will continue to post Lou’s Friday Dory building videos as soon as they are ready. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

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