Archive for the ‘Boat Building & Repairs’ Category

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.

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