First restoration of the finally finished off

February 18, 2018

The day as now come that the Shetland Family 4 is now ready to go out of the Workshop and up for sale

After all the hard work over the past few months, it is now ready to go

All the the cockpit linings have been replaced and the locker tops have been re-varnished, now just the cockpit cushions need to be placed in position and the cockpit will be complete

The hull and superstructure have been compounded and just need a final coat of polish to keep it clean duing the coming season

The new smoked grey windows set off the clean lines well

Now it just needs a coat of fresh antifouling and just add water.

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The cabin headlinings are finally up in place

December 17, 2017

The two sections of headlining panels are now up and the areas round the hatches have to be p-ainted to finish the job off

Major progress on the Shetland Family Four

December 17, 2017

The cabin and hull sides now  re-lined and looking a lot better .

Now the cockpit is now re-lined the last jobs in the cockpit can be finished off

The cabin bunk fronts now fixed in position and ready to have the bunk cushions fitted

The old bunk cushions put in position to check the size and position of the cushions before making new bunk cushions.

Working on the Shetland Family Four cabin lockers and bunk fronts

December 17, 2017

The berth fronts are now being looked at and found to be in a poor condition, so it is decided to renew the berth fronts with new plywood and carpets,

The galley locker is now back in position and is ready to have its edge trim renewed

The sink locker back in position and the bulkhead panel is now back in position

One of the angle brackets holding the berth fronts in position, in need of cleaning and reusing

The condition of the berth fronts is poor and in need of replacing

Breaking out the old hull from the mould tool

October 8, 2017

Removing matting from the where the bow seat was to make the moulding flex enough to move out of the mould

Doing the same to the aft seat area and taking out wood in the keel area

Leveling up the dinghy in the cradle to ensure the seats get glassed in level

Glassing in the reinforcement plywood for aft seat

Trimming the bow seat moulding to fit the inside of the hull

Glassing in the transom pad to strengthen up the transom of the dinghy to take a reasonable size outboard motor should one be fitted by its new owner

Ensuring the dinghy stays level while glassing in  the bow and aft seats.

Removing a old hull out of its mould and fiting out the restoration 8ft dinghy

October 8, 2017

Removing matting from the where the bow seat was to make the moulding flex enough to move out of the mould

Doing the same to the aft seat area and taking out wood in the keel area

Leveling up the dinghy in the cradle to ensure the seats get glassed in level

Glassing in the reinforcement plywood for aft seat

Trimming the bow seat moulding to fit the inside of the hull

Glassing in the transom pad to strengthen up the transom of the dinghy to take a reasonable size outboard motor should one be fitted by its new owner

Ensuring the dinghy stays level while glassing in  the bow and aft seats.

working on Yacht Norma Deadwood and restoring another 8ft dinghy

October 8, 2017

Marking out and cutting across the plank to make it easier to remove

The aft bolt still in postion and the copper nails still inposition as these have been nailed and roved in position so they can not be removed without cutting them out.

a close up of same area

Grinding back the area for the front seat to be glassed into position

The transom sanded down to make it flat and smooth.

Relaunch day and yacht back on its mooring

September 24, 2017

Once all the work was done its was time to relaunch the yacht

Slings round the yacht as it was made ready to be hoisted up by the crane and put back in the water

Back in the water  and time to check for leaks

Back on its mooring and getting ready to fit the internal ballast and get the mast refitted and set up before going for a trial sail

The painting getting done and getting finished

September 24, 2017

The whole of the hull now primed ready for painting the next coats of paint on

Several coats of white undercoat later

Then the first coat ivory gloss was applied

Then after the gloss was finished it was time to apply the antifouling paint

Getting the smaller parts of the refit sorted out

September 24, 2017

Hull all primed up and the made to look invisible

At the same time as the hull was getting repainted after being stripped of old its old paint and its worn out lower rudder fitting

The new rudder fitting fitted to the rudder blade and a good fit  on the keel fitting

The first coat of white undercoat applied and sanded down the high spots and this was done until the hull looked smooth and fair.