Keel FAQs:

Q: Is keel the initial step in the construction of a ship?

A: Yes, and in British and American shipbuilding traditions the construction is dated from this event.

Q: Is keel the "flat plate keel"?

A: Yes, and this is fitted in the majority of ocean-going ships and other vessels.

Q: Is keel to provide ballast?

A: Yes.

Q: Are keels different from centreboards and other types of foils in that keels are made of heavy materials to provide ballast to stabilize the boat?

A: Yes.

Q: Is keel often the first part of a ship's hull to be constructed?

A: Yes, and laying the keel, or placing the keel in the cradle in which the ship will be built may mark the start time of its construction.

Q: Is keel to convert the sideways motion of the wind when it is abeam into forward motion?

A: Yes.

Q: Is keel suitable with its massive scantlings?

A: Yes, but there is always a problem of the increased draft with no additional cargo capacity.

Q: Is keel almost inevitably of the flat plate type?

A: Yes, and bar keels often being associated with open floors, where the plate keel may also be fitted.

Q: Are keels provided in the bottom of some vessels?

A: Yes.

Q: Is keel the bottom-most structural member around which the hull of a ship is built?

A: Yes.