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,
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
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
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.
February 26, 2017
A Finesse 24 in need of a total restoration from the keel up
First job was to harden up a few loose nails in a few ribs in the aft end of the yacht around the engine bed area and the surrounding area
A split plank that needs replacing
The old ribs with the sister ribs nailed in beside the old ribs by another boat builder before I got on to the job
A total cockpit rebuild from making new floor bearers
To cockpit bulkheads and seats and floor boards
February 26, 2017
Making traditional copper fixings to fit rudder fitting to rudder.
Fitting the first of copper fixings
Half of the fixing made and ready to fix to the rudder fitting
All of the fixing cliched up and rudder fitting fixed in position and now getting a coat of underwater primer before fixing the rudder back on the yacht
February 17, 2017
The empty bilge area ready to have the water tank re-instated after the steel frames are fitted
The steel frames fitted and now ready to fit the water tank over the top of the newly fitted frames
The water tank ready to go back in position
February 16, 2017
The hole before the hull was painted and cleared up ready to fit the new plank
Starting to fit the new plank and fitting into the hole a planing off a little at a time to ensure it fits correctly in the space between the planks
Fixed in place with a mixture of copper nails and bronze screws
Finished plank now painted with primer and ready to be caulked with caulking cotton and sealed with linseed oil putty
The rudder getting its final coats of primer before it goes back on the transom of the yacht.
Tomorrow job is to fit the planks on the port side
January 13, 2017
Clean bilge area ready to refit the steel keel braces
The apprentice sanding down the underside of the fore deck
Fitting veneers to the top of the transom to replace the old split veneers
January 7, 2017
Before we made a start on the sanding of the deck the cabin area had to be sheeted up to stop any dust from going down below.
Then the decks had to cleared of any loose items and then get out the orbital sander and finger motor sander to get where the other sander could not get in around any deck fittings
The biggest job was sanding level the new repairs with the old deck covering and making level
After the decks are sanded then we have to fit quadrant around the cabin sides and make fancy end pieces to join the different lengths of quadrant together.
anf make an odd angled piece to go along the edge of the deck covering to the face of the transom to ensure the transom to deck covering joint is watertight.
January 6, 2017
Cutting the rotten gunwales and a small repair to forward deck beam.
Fitting the gunwale grading pieces
Gluing and screwing in sub deck
Refitting the stemhead fitting after fitting a spacer panel to the back of the stem
Foredeck area epoxied and matted over to make it watertight
Fitting a grading to the hood end
Fitting grading piece to edge of deck
Fitting the inter panel to protect the area of the toe rail under the fair leads
The job on the foredeck completed
A lot of work still ahead as there are a number of jobs still to do