Wooden Keel

by Ian Ellis
(Sydney Australia)

When you build a large timber boat, say 75 feet boat with timber keel how do you join the timber to make the keel in simple terms ?

Comments for Wooden Keel

Click here to add your own comments

by: Mike

Thanks letting me know Jim,

Are you viewing the site on a tablet?

If so I think I have solved the problem.

I’d much appreciate it if you would let me know how it looks now.

Thanks again,


Part of comment page has overlapping copy....
by: Jim

When I try to read the comments I find that the photos of the boats cover up a portion of each comment on the right hand side of the page so it is impossible to read the entire comment.

I'm new to this sight and would to get more involved but I can't when the copy is covered up ........

Shipwright Wooden Boats
by: mike wright

Read Howard Chapells Boatbuilding, it is a must read.

Second keel and deadwood or backbone timbers are usually scarf jointed cut accurately and bolted together.

I use a tar or fibergum coating on the timber faces before bolting up and this is a proven and strong method especially in large vessels….one should read the many good books written on the subject.

Quartersawn timbers are good or with fir old growth with the heart in the stick from one end to the other, nice and solid works fine too.

Cup your grains down or face to face when bolting up

Keel Timbers
by: Mike

Hello Ian,

A so called ‘solid timber’ keel of that size would normally be built up from the largest available timbers, through bolted and or glued.

The larger the parts the fewer will be the joints and the less chance of joint failure.

But it will depend on what timer is available locally.

The timber needs to be well seasoned, rot resistant and have a good strength to weight ratio.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Your Comments.


If you wish to add more photos (or videos) to your post or if you have any problems loading photos use the link below (there is no need to resize or adjust your photos).

But please use the 'Description Box' to indicate to which post the photos belong.

Click Here to securely send your photos,


Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

I am perfectly aware that the majority of Wooden Boat aficionados are sensible folk.
However, I need to point out that I am an amateur wooden boat enthusiast simply writing in order to try to help other amateur wooden boat enthusiasts.
And while I take every care to ensure that the information in DIY Wood Boat.com is correct, anyone acting on the information on this website does so at their own risk.