Archive for the ‘Boat Building & Repairs’ Category

Updates to my J Star Boat Services website

April 15, 2018

Just updated my jstar boat services website to show what new projects the company are presently undertaking and the exciting job opportunities for a young person to become a boat builder within the company. The photos are of projects currently undetaken be the company. The work is challenging and varied and no two days are ever the same. So if you feel you are up to the challenge, call Simon on 07585506960 or send him your C.V. to


Now let the hard work begin on the major jobs on the Hardy 25 refit

April 15, 2018

Like a lot boat that over the years as equipment fitted to it, there is no time taken to remove old wiring and instruments that are no longer working or are outdated by new equipment. So it is time to take the bull by the horns and sort this mess out and get it up to a strandard that is fit for working in a modern boat.

The first job will be to sort out the 240 volt system from the 12 volt system and make it safe to use. Firstly by putting the batteries in a battery box that is vented.

Change the 240 volt system so it is up to date and safe to use.

The main job is going to be sorting out the locker into a better designed area with all the services to hand a easy to use.

Sort out the 240 volt sockets around the boat and put them in areas where they are not exposed to the elements

Sort out the engine bay electrics  so it is not just at run of odd wires going in all directions

Also take out equipment that is not being used or is outdated that there are no spares available for them.

Making room for new boats coming into the workshop

April 15, 2018

Getting the Shetland Black Hawk ready for its new trailer to arrive

Old trailer out now ready for its next job

Enterprise outside ready to be towed away

Ready for its new trailer to arrived later today

Let the refit begin with some of the major bits done first, like the chain locker bulkhead.

April 14, 2018

The first major job to be done is to remove the chain locker bulkhead and replace the bulkhead with a new bulkhead.

The damage to the bulkhead is on the chain locker side where the plywood as been damaged from repeat inpacks from a large mud weight while it was used on the Norfolk Broads and has over time broken the plywood down until it started to leak.

Now that all the cushions and berth top boards have been removed the extent of the job is easier to assess. The only odd thing is the bags of sand around the water tank and the water containers in the front of the boat.

The first sight of the job ahead to fit a custom shower tray in the area ahead of the toilet. A bit of brain storming ahead

A bit of a leak on the port middle window.

Brain storming will be well be needed here to make the best of the available space, first thing to strip out the whole area and made make it into a shower and toilet compartment.

Bird;s nest soup of wiring which over the years has been added too and never sorted out. This will be one of the first job for the Electronics team to sort out next week

Hardy 25 in for a major refit

April 14, 2018

Now at the yard, so now the refit can begin with sorting out the major jobs

The small outboard as been neglected for sometime and will need a good overhaul to get it back up and working again.

A number of gelcoat repairs to do around the boat mainly on the aft end where things have been removed over the years

The dashboard in need of sorting out and the wiring needs checking over to ensure the systems are working and where not replacing

The woodwork in the cockpit in need of replacing with some better quality material and finish

The engine leg in need of servicing especially the gasket on the bottom of the boat that as come adrift

The sea cocks that need replacing as they are passed their best

This coming week’s job list a lot of fun!!

February 18, 2018

First order of the day will be a general stocktake of what is around the workshop and yard. Then it is down to start doing the boat movements for the week to get the boats in the workshop moved and in a position to be worked on and others covered up and moved out and other work brought into the workshop to be worked on over the coming weeks before they are put up for sale or returned to their owners.

The shaft log for the yacht the team are working on is now ready to get refitted to the yacht. Then the planks can be made up and refitted to the bottom. So that the new shaft log can then be bolted down into position and the fun job of boring the hole for the stern tube can begin.

While of the team is doning this work another member of the team will be sorting out the bolt in the outboard leg so that the new outboard engine leg anode can be fitted as the old anode had gone completely. That will be fun as it will needed a lot of patience as they are often difficult to remove if they have not been greased before fitting the bolt.


Making stern tube spacers to cut the new stern tube hole once the shaft log is refixed in the yacht.

February 18, 2018

Making stern tube spacers so that the extend drill bit will run true through the new shaft log when it is fitted in yacht

Drilling the ends in the spacers, so it is ready to drill the new shaft log with the extended drill bit and the hole saw cutter

More on the shaft log and getting it ready to fit into the yacht.

February 18, 2018

Finally got round to making a chisel rack in the workshop at the back of one of the work benches in the workshop

Getting out my old gent saw to making the clear edges of the rib notches

One side of the shaft log rib notches also finished

Working on a wooden yacht’s shaft log which has needed replacing after 70 years

February 18, 2018

Having cleared up the old shaft log, now time to take the measurements off the bottom of the old shaft log and transfer the measurements to the new shaft log

Transferring the measurements to the new shaft log     


Now time cut the rib positions out of the new shaft log, so the next time I get on the yacht can start to fit the shaft log to the hog/keel


Boat movement friday and then all change in the workshop rerady for the next run of boats coming into the yard over the coming months

February 18, 2018

The Shetland family four is now been moved to the other side of the workshop ready for the brokerage photos then off to the Yacht Brokers to be put on their yard

Looking a lot better than when it came into the yard and is now ready for its new owners this spring

The Hardy Navigator now in the place where the Shetland Family Four was, Now it is time for this to get its refit ready for the new season and for its work as a family cruising boat.