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,

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.

New project for the coming months

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

Refitting a rudder fitting using a traditional method of fixing the fitting to the rudder blade

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

Refitting steel frames in the 1960’s Ketch

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

Fitting replacement planks to a 1930’s yacht

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

A few more jobs on the 1960’s ketch

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

Sorting out the decks

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.

Deck repairs to a 1960’s wooden ketch

January 6, 2017

Cutting the rotten gunwales and a small repair to forward deck beam.

Fitting the sub deck

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