MarsKeel Technology Keel Draft Reductions
MarsKeel Technology™, the front-runner in Keel production, has developed a cost-effective, yet practical, alternative to complete Keel refits.
MarsKeel Torpedo Bulbs™, an innovative Keel modification concept, provide enhanced performance and stability for the performance-oriented sailor or draft reduction for the cruising enthusiast.
For over a decade sailors have been asking Mars Metal Company™ for the solution to these problems. Many of these sailors wish to redesign and replace their boat's entire Keel. With MarsKeel Torpedos™, this costly procedure becomes unnecessary.
TECHNOLOGY Having decided to reduce the draft and once the desired draft reduction is established (usually a minimum of 12" and a maximum of 24"), along with four other basic measurements, our in-house CAD computer systems will determine the amount of lead to be removed and the weight and size of the MarsKeel Torpedo Bulb™ to be added. For every 12" removed, an additional percentage of ballast is added to maintain stability as before.
(see factoring chart.)A template (of the Keel base after cutting) ensures that the contoured MarsKeel Torpedo Bulb™ cast matches the Keel's foil section above the tip cord.MarsKeel Torpedo Bulbs™ run forward and aft, incorporating the entire length of the new Keel's tip cord. The Bulbs are positioned horizontally and parrallel to the water line. If desired, the Bulbs are made to travel aft of the trailing edge, increasing the Keel's lateral resistance, and thus reducing vortex drag.MarsKeel Torpedo Bulbs™ come fully bored and countersunk with the necessary high-grade 18/8 Stainless Steel threaded rods, hex nuts, and flat washer hardware for easy attachment to the Keel.
Finish by fairing the MarsKeel Torpedo Bulb™ with epoxy to the existing Keel and filling all countersinks. Paint the unfinished metal with epoxy base primer paint. Complete with applications of anti-foul paint.