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

More work done the Little Mai dinghy over the Christmas break

December 31, 2016

All the glassing done inside the dinghy apart from the centre thwart seat blooks

   

Now ready to be flow coated

Flow coated and the stern seat in position ready to glass in position

The bow seat glass work now flow coated and ready for the inspection hatch to be fitted and the hardwood strips to be fitted on the top

Glassing in the keel backing pads

December 16, 2016

Starting to glass in the backing pads

The whole of the backing pads glass over with two layers of 2 oz CSM

looking forward to the bow seat / buoyancy tank all we have do now is glass in the stern seat / buoyancy tank. Then fit the centre seat blocks and then lift it out of the mould to fit the inwales and gunwales.

Making and shaping the outboard pad and reinforcement battens and centre keel reinforcement batten.

November 29, 2016

Making and shaping the internal after of the outboard pad

Making and shaping the bilge keel reinforcement wooden battens

Making and shaping the centre keel reinforcement and then holding them down into position

Little Mai in the workshop and now it is time to start to fit her out and then get her ready for the new season

November 28, 2016

Finally got the mould with the dinghy in the workshop ready to make a start on fitting her out

First dry fitting the stern seat before make the transom pad for the outboard and then glass in the seat

Dry fitting the bow seat, however before  the glass in this bow seat in, there is the  fitting of the bow eye bolt

Let the fun begin

Getting back to refitting Mai-Star II

November 26, 2016

Working on the new fore hatch so that the forecabin stays dry when beating to windward as the old fore hatch leaked badly.

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A view forward in an empty area which will be filled with a berth to port and the toilet to starboard with storage until the berth.

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A lot of varnishing and painting to be done over the next few months

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One little job that need attention a broken rib that replacing

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A deck beam that needed the same attention.and also the mast step support block

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The aft deck and top of the transom are in need of some rework to seal the deck to transom joint

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The cockpit coamings to be finished off and a new gas bottle locker to be made

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The manual bilge pump pipe work to be clipped up into place

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The main jobs for the coming weeks will be to sort out the foredeck and their deck beams and get the foredeck re-laid and sealed.

Removing a rotten foredeck

November 13, 2016

Marking out the areas between the deck beams so not to cut them while removing the deck

More marking out

One major bit to remove from the fore deck,so to gain access to the two damaged deck beams below

Steel knee put in sometime in the past to connect the deck beams to the grown frames

This is the port side deck to hull steel knee before the deck is removed

Most of the foredeck is off now, just a small area beside the forehatch area to the cabin front left to remove.

Making new forehatch

November 9, 2016

Marked out the mortise and tenon joints and made and start on cutting them

Cut all the tenon joints and now setting out the base on the bench ready to mark out the mortises

Let the fun begin cutting the mortises by hand.

The first mortises cut out on the forehatch, now marking out the second two and once cut out and make to fit the tenons, the base part of the forehatch will be glued together.