Archive for the ‘Boat Building & Repairs’ Category

Fitting extra deck beams into the aft deck area of the 45 year old Finesse to strengthen up the deck area on the aft deck of this yacht.

June 26, 2018

Fitting plank deck beams to support new marine plywood deck as area was unsupported before and this way the plywood deck covering will be well supported with the extra deck beams in position

The new plank deck beams have been set into the original deck beams so that the loading on the deck beams will be spread across the whole area and not just on the edges as before


Custom shower plug making

June 26, 2018

The custom shower tray is now getting its first coat of black gelcoat so that it can be rubbed down to make the plug to make the shower tray.

A lot of hard work, however the end result will be worth it in the end when the shower tray is fitted in the boat.

Getting the noggins planned off ready to fit the new deck when the marine plywood arrives

June 26, 2018

All the noggins are now glued and screwed in position and now ready to take the power planner to the excess

Trestles planks at the right  height for me to work at to do the job

The starboard side getting the treatment first

Just another forty feet to go until I get to the other end

Work on the deck beams and side deck beams to get the deck beams ready to lay the new deck

June 26, 2018

The fore deck beams are now cleaned off of all the old glue and bit of old plywood, however before the new deck goes back on the owner wishes to fit a plank plank between the breast hook and the front of the cabin to support the Samson post and the pressure put on it by the lateral support of the bowsprit.

The side decks now cleaned off and now ready to fill in the gaps between the sheer plank and gunwale

The aft deck beam in need of a bit of work to get it in to position that it will be usable or need for it to be replaced.

A custom shower tray for a Hardy 25

June 26, 2018

The Hardy 25’s shower tray plug mould is now constructed and now it is being filled and faired so that it can be coated with epoxy to seal the surface and then the black gelcoat can be applied to finish the plug surface before the plug is used to make the custom shower tray for this Hardy 25.

A lot of filling and fairing to be done until the surface is good enough to make it into a plug to take a moulding off

A long job for the owner to remove the seized bolt out of the iron stub keel a lot of patience as this is not an easy job at the best of times.

A 45 year old Finesse in the workshop for a major refit

June 26, 2018

The Finesse 24 is back in the workshop after it has had a change of ownership and this time it is going to have a new deck and a split plank replaced

The major work is going to be on the decks

The major problem is going to be sorting out the poor work done before and the ill fitting work on the deck beams and carlins

This is the split plank that needs replacing

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