Posts Tagged ‘refit’

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


Redesigning the forehatch

January 24, 2016

The old forehatch was getting a bit passed its useful life and was in need of renewing and it was no longer fit for purpose. So it was removed which took some work as it was well fixed to the deck. However, it did in the end part with the deck.

The four pieces of the lower part of the forehatch were temporary fixed together to make up the shape which is going to be used as a jig to build the new forehatch so that the inside measurement can be used again, although the outside measurements are going to be different as the forehatch upstands are going to be thicker than before, so a lip can be made up to stop the water from coming through the joint in the hatch when it is closed.

The design of the upstands for the forehatch so that the water can not pass through the joint when the forehatch is closed while at sea in rough weather and water coming over the fore deck.

A chance to get out on the river after all the hard that has been over the past few months

November 28, 2015

The first time in over three years the yacht has been out on the river and under this bridge.

Going down the river towards the sea, it hears it calling it back again

good to be back out on the river even if it is a little on the chilly side.

Time to head for home port and get back to work.

Varnishing and other jobs getting done with the weather against us

November 19, 2015

Finished varnish work put in to storage for the winter so that the varnish can get a chance to harden off over the winter before getting their final coats in the spring when they are refitted to their various boats.

More varnishing to bits that are going to get refitted to various boats next spring

Two new storage items for equipment for a client’s yacht so that it will make it easier to use the equipment at sea

New oak cleats made from a pattern of an old cleat that a client had on his yacht and that he needed replacement cleats made from to match the ones on the yacht.

The first of five cut out of seasoned oak

Five new oak cleat blanks cut and now ready to shape to size.

One of the problem that comes with old age on old wooden boats is when either the screws break off in the stem or the nails which fix the planks on to the stem come loose

June 19, 2014

One of the problem that comes with old age on old wooden boats is when either the screws break off in the stem or the nails which fix the planks on to the stem come loose.  Investigating this problem on the plank ends on both the port and starboard sides of the stem.


One of the first jobs to do is to rake out the old putty and caulking cotton in the seams and then expose the fixings in the plank ends where they are fixed to the stem and see which the boat has got and then decide which course of action to take.


The job is to get all the effected planks back into position and stop the leak on the stem at the same time.


Making a start on the starboard side

 Port side about to make a start on


So hopefully tomorrow back to the cabin sides and get them in.

April 21, 2014

Hopefully tomorrow the cabin sides will be in place and the re-contstruction of the cabin can begin and the boat restoration can get on a pace and the boat can start to look more like a boat than a restoration project that is going know where fast. Once the cabin sides are in and glued and sealed then the other jobs can get underway.

Mainly the last plank in the port side and the 12 or so ribs that need steaming and fixing in place and the caulking and puttying of the seams.

Then the long job of varnishing and painting the boat inside and outside, the hull and the new cabin sides and also the rubbing stakes and toe rails.

Then job I am not looking forward too is the fairing of the hull as this job is going to take a fair amount of time as it as not been done for a fair number of years if at all.

So the work starts on putting the planks and ribs back in place.

January 14, 2014

This photo shows the first of the new planks having been steamed for about an hour is bend into position so that fitting it will be easier once it as cooled off and holds it shape.

This photo some damage to the garboard plank which happened when the apprentice was being a bit heavy handed when removing the plank above.

This photo show the condition of the cockpit prior to it being stripped of paint and the old broken ribs are removed and the new ones fitted

The port side is like a pin cushion with so many old nail holes from the old doubling ribs that have been removed. The outside of these holes have been plugged with hardwood plugs and it is now time to clean up the cockpit and fill the inside part of the holes and repaint the cockpit.

This photo is of the area amidships on the port side that is getting ready to fit the new ribs once they are made and steamed and then fitted in the boat once the shape of the boat is pushed back into position.

Also today have been to the timber merchants to collect the wood for the cabin side that over the next few days will be getting them ready to gle together.

A change in direction and other work to do

November 13, 2013

As with all jobs in a boatyard, there are always changes just around the round when you least expect it to come from. So as jobs get put on hold it gives you time to get on with other jobs that you had put off for another time.
This is the case with the new dinghy the company will be building over the winter months. Now that time as made itself available in the schedule, it as been possible to make a start on cutting and shaping the stem and apron of the dinghy and over the next coming days and weeks the boat should start to take shape from a log of larch to a small clinker dinghy.
This photo is of the apron being cut down to shape before being planed down to the correct finished shape.

This photo shows the apron being started to be planed down to the correct finished size and shape before it has the copper bolts fitted and it is glued together.

The main hurdle in refitting an old classic yacht is sorting how it was put together in the first place.

November 10, 2013

When refitting or restorating old classic yachts the main hurdle is getting into the mindset of the person or people who build your classic yacht in the first place. Especially the tools and methods they employed to construct it.

With Mai-Star II or as she was called when she was first launched in 1946 Gadfly II, having been started to be built in 1939. Then she was put to one side during the hostiles and once work on boat got back into full swing she was finished off.

Trying to trace her history has been a bit of a minefield as many of the records from the boatyard where she was build have either been lost or destoryed at a fire at the boatyard or burned when the boatyard was closed. Either way I have been able to patch much of it from fromer owners or boatyard staff that are still a live today.

This winter the second major refit is taking place with the removing of a large number of ribs on the port side from midships to the transom and a few from the starboard side in the cockpit where a number of them were doubled or even had three ribs set side by side.



Also there are a couple of planks that need replacing as these are damaged.

The second major refit of Mai-Star II

November 9, 2013

This time the refit of Mai-Star II is going to have the broken ribs on the port side replaced and two planks on the port side at the aft end of the boat replacing due to old age and in another case some damage.

This photo shows the planks that need replacing as the edges of the planks have got badly mis-shaped and were beyond reasonable repair to make them watertight.

Another job to be done during this refit is the replacing of the worn out cabin sides and roof which had got beyond reasonable condition and were in need of replacing as they could not be made watertight.

This photo is of some of the broken ribs down the port side that need replacing.