Even Keel Newsletter, August 2016
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This August, 2016 edition of The Even Keel newsletter is going out to those of you who have been associated with MarsKeel Technologies in the past either as a client, business partner or someone interested in the custom & production keel systems. We hope you enjoy reading about the Morris Yachts and SailDrone projects that again demonstrate our engineering and manufacturing skill set.

Morris Yachts, S&S Design & MarsKeel once again Collaborate to Deliver the New M36x Performance Keel

MarsKeel MarsKeel is proud to announce that we have just delivered another custom designed (Sparkman & Stephens) keel for Morris Yachts (www.morrisyachts.com) who had a customer looking for higher performance keel for a Morris 36X purchase.

The M36x keel is a fabricated SS fin cast onto a lead bulb and the design allows for both a lighter keel and a lower center of gravity, making the yacht stiff and fast. A perfect combination for the owner that wants the comfort of a cruiser and more performance.

The manufacturing process for the keel was a relatively normal procedure with shapes provided by the designer for the fitting and fabrication of CNC cut plate parts. The process however was not as simple as it sounded as there was (as always) the need for the professional touch of an experienced fitter welder to make what looked good on paper be amazing in real life ! This is what MarsKeel continually strives to offer our customers.

MarsKeel Once the fin was complete and prepped it is was cast into the bulb using a copyrighted process developed by MarsKeel Technology. This process eliminates the need for attachment bolts, simplifies the casting and saves money which is a win- win for all involved. The keel was then faired with epoxy based fillers, we re-enforced the lead stainless steel joint to mitigate joint concerns, sand it smooth to shape and applied a barrier coat to it.

The keel was packaged on an upright custom made container and shipped to Morris Yachts for final installation on the M36x.

SailDrone and MarsKeel Break Barriers Together Saildrone_FP MarsKeel Technology is proud to announce that we have been chosen to supply the lead ballast system for the breakthrough Saildrone project. The Saildrone is an autonomous unmanned sailboat utilizing wing technology pioneered over a 10 year period by founder Richard Jenkins as he battled to break the wind powered, land speed record in 2009 with a top speed of 126.2mph. Richards quest for speed and control, led to the innovation of a precise but low-power wing system that allows the Saildrone to efficiently harness wind-power to maximize range and endurance.

saildron_diagRichard's Saildrone company (www.saildrone.com) now provides a fleet of these autonomous drones to collect high resolution ocean data based on their client's specific mission requirements. Launched and retrieved from a dock, the Saildrone fleet navigates to its destination using wind power alone, transiting at 3-5 kts. Each drone can then hold station or perform survey patterns best suited for the specific research mission. Each drone is armed with an array of custom sensors and data is transmitted back to shore in real time via satellite for analysis with the researcher in constant control of the mission. Missions have included oceanography and climate studies, fish stock analysis and environmental monitoring.

It is a great honor for us to be connected to, even in a small way, the progress of marine technology and ocean science. We are happy to bring our years of experience to important projects such as this in the marine world.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable 2016 sailing season and if you would like to discuss a keel project in more detail please do not hesitate to contact ....

William Souter
Custom Keel Sales and Design
Tel: (905) 637-3862 or (800) 381-5335 Fax: (905) 637-8841
bsouter@marskeel.com | www.marskeel.com
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