A busy week ahead on the restoration of Mai-Star II

June 26, 2015

Now that the major jobs are do, apart from the odd nail or two in a few places. It is now time to get on with some of the smaller jobs which have been on the back burner fro a while. One being the painting of the inside of the boat from deckhead to keel and every place in between.

One of the last big jobs to do is the rebuilding of the cockpit, but after the other major jobs on the boat it is a much smaller job to do. However, no less a challenge to do as to make the best use of the space available it which to put all the equipment needed in the cockpit and make the storage work well.

Next week it will time to continue to fill the topside hull seams and repaint the hull with more primer to go over the newly filled seams before painting the hull with its undercoat and fill and fair the hull before glossing it.

Then it will be time to make a start on caulking and filling the seams in the bottom also fitting the rest of the hardwood plugs in the old nail holes from the sister ribs that were taken out when the new ribs were fitted to replace the original broken ribs and there was no need to have the sister ribs there anymore.

At the same time the apprentice will be varnishing the toe rails and cabin sides  and helping me with some of the two man jobs that I need a extra pair of hands to do. So all in all a busy week ahead,

Cleaning out workshop and getting boats in for repairs

August 13, 2017

The main problem is where to start with cleaning the old things you do not need any more

Got to start somewhere it might as well be the shelves and then that will make room on the floor for boats and the other equipment like bandsaws, table saws  and pillar drills and other heavy equipment.

Two new larch boards to repair the clinker dinghy will have just got in for repair

An old GRP dinghy will have got in to restore

The clinker dinghy which needs two new planks

As of the 1st of August I was able to get myself a workshop and base to work from for doing a number of projects at the same time

August 13, 2017

As you can see from the following photos I have been busy getting on with a number of projects from wooden dinghy repairs to GRP cruiser refits

The first few of the Mai-Star Class dinghy needing a couple of planks replacing as they had got damaged while the dinghy was in storage

Starting the clean out of the old tenants equipment and stetting up  band saw and table saw and thicknesser in position where can be used without being moved

Setting up boat positions so they can all be worked on at the same time without having to move them around the workshop

Starting to fit cabin side linings to an old Shetland Family Four cruiser to update its interior for modern cruising

Working on the works dinghy giving it a bit of TLC before putting it back to work

An enterprise dinghy in for a few small repairs before going back to sailing on a local lake

The little Mai dinghy in the workshop to get released from its mould so its fitting out can start as soon as the Mai-Star Class dinghy is finished.

End of Yacht Norma refit and back in the water awaiting its mast to be re-stepped.

July 9, 2017

Then there is an empty hole where she as been sitting since November

On route to the water’s edge

The slings going round the yacht ready for it to be lifted into the water

  

Ready to lift

Lowering into the water for the first time since November

Back in the water engine running and the ballast re-fitted, just got to get the mast refitted next week. Then off for a trial sail with the new owner.

A busy day down at the Boatyard

July 9, 2017

All change in the workshop, out with the Enterprise

in with a couple of small dinghies for work, one for repairs and the other dinghy to be fitted out

The outboard as been serviced and just need a new fuel line and the returned to its owner for him to use it for trawling along at slow speed

The Hardy Navigator table and cabin doors and hatch getting their final coats of varnish

The 8ft dinghy in its mould ready to be removed and fitted out

Another 8ft dinghy in for repairs to its transom where the wooden trim which as come off when it was last out sailing

The Enterprise is out in the yard while the small dinghies are being worked on before coming back in to be finished off

Another 8ft dinghy which as been brought in for a restoration by the company’s second apprentice under the watchful eye of the boss

A busy day in the workshop with boat movements and new projects underway

April 29, 2017

All change in the workshop, out with the Enterprise

in with a couple of small dinghies for work, one for repairs and the other dinghy to be fitted out

The outboard as been serviced and just need a new fuel line and the returned to its owner for him to use it for trawling along at slow speed

The Hardy Navigator table and cabin doors and hatch getting their final coats of varnish

The 8ft dinghy in its mould ready to be removed and fitted out

Another 8ft dinghy in for repairs to its transom where the wooden trim which as come off when it was last out sailing

The Enterprise is out in the yard while the small dinghies are being worked on before coming back in to be finished off

Another 8ft dinghy which as been brought in for a restoration by the company’s second apprentice under the watchful eye of the boss

A small dinghy repair so a client’s children can go sailing over the May Day holiday weekend

April 29, 2017

A small sailing dinghy brought in for a small wooden trim repair

the quarter knees and the transom trim fixings had failed due to old age

 

 

 

Clamping back into position and using a heavier grade of fixings and a better method of fixings so the problem does not happen again

 

All finished and ready to retuen to a happy client so he can go sailing over the bank holiday weekend

 

The Enterprise dinghy restoration coming along a a pace at the moment

April 6, 2017

The Enterprise thwarts  getting the first coats of thinned varnish as they get the same treatment as the decks of the dinghy

The transom getting touched up as well

The inside getting its first coats as well

Its along way to go, however it is going to be worth it in the end

The rubbing stakes getting the same treatment

An Enterpise Dinghy in the Workshop for some TLC

March 5, 2017

An Enterprise in need of a good bit of restoration and a good drying out before it can get re-varnishing on the decks and inside before it can get refitted

The decks need a good rubbing down and re-varnishing

The port front spray rail needs to befitted and the deck fittings will be complete

Now that it is in the workshop and out of the weather then work can re-start on the Enterprise

Total cockpit overhaul needed on the yacht

February 28, 2017

The cabin bulkhead is in the worse condition and will need the most work on

The aft bulkhead is a lot smaller and should not be as larger job as the front, however, smaller areas can cause their problems

One of the first jobs is to remove all the equipment that is the way to gain access to the bulkheads and to the cockpit coamings that have to be removed to be able to remove the old rotten wood.

One side is already clear of obstructions

While the other side as yet to be started on

Side on view

A view looking forward a mess of wiring to be removed and labelled up

Re-decking traditional yacht

February 26, 2017

The deck beams are sound as is the carlins and the gunwales

The deck have quite a curve on them and quite a camber so it should be quite a challenge

Just got to do a good bit of vacuuming up to get rid of months of dust and other mess

Good bit of cleaning up to be done before the plywood deck is re-laid.