Posts Tagged ‘Repairs’

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

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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

A boat builder’s holiday job working on his own yacht.

May 30, 2016

Rubbing down the starboard side of the hull ready for a fresh coat of primer

 

Then the port side of the hull a bit heavy going, but got it flat in the end

 

Rubbed down the main damaged paint work amidships where it was rubbed off in the winter

 

The first side getting its first coat of yacht primer and when dried start the spot filling of the hull

 

 

The colour change is like chalk and cheese

 

Finally all one colour and the spot filling can begin once the primer is dry.

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 good way to end the working year on a high note having done most of the jobs needed done before Christmas

December 21, 2015

Sasha the mascot surfacing to inspect the work since he last was on the yacht earlier in the year.

He seen a lot of differences to the yacht and it is feeling more homely now that many of the bits of the equipment is now back in place

One of the last major jobs to do in the New Year the cockpit getting the new seats in place and getting the Samson posts in the back corners and the finally get the manual bilge pipe run sorted and connected up to the skin fitting.

The bunk all cleared to sort out the trims to go back on now the major work in the cabin as been finished

It’s good to get to this stage and the long cold and wet days now a distant memory

Setting out the local area chart to plan our first trial sail once the final jobs are done on the yacht in the New Year.

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.

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

Mai-Star II replanking the hull

November 9, 2013

Now the log is here I can get on with the planking and get her watertight and now the ribs can get put in too.

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now that the log has been delivered and there is a few dry days the mai- star II can get her new planking marked out of the log and can start to get her planking back in place.

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The history of GadflyII

August 18, 2013

When you buy any old boat, it is good to try and find out about its history as well as you can. Seeing where it as been and the people who have owned over the years and find out about any stories you can learn from its past owners.

Gadfly II was the second of three boats to have the name of Gadfly and was built by Anderson Rigden & Perkins in Whitstable. Its first owner was a man called Mr H.C.Doughty from Margate in Kent who had it launched in the spring of 1946. although the boat was starting to be built in 1939. From talking to people about the boat it was almost finished before the second world war started, but was put to one side and covered up for the rest of the second world war and finished off and launched in the spring of 1946.

This is where Mr Doughty comes into the picture having already owned Gadfly I otherwise called Gadfly Jack, This he sold her after the war and the one who had Gadfly II finished and launched and owned until the October of 1953 when Lt CDR Bawtree buy her and then sold it to Mr R.M.Parker in July 1955. Then it changed owners again in May 1959 when Mr W.D.Austin bought her.

Her next owner Mrs J.L.Watson bought her in July 1961 to sail her round the Solent with family, I was contacted by her son Charles Watson and he said that the boat was a good sailing boat for its size and the only reason his mother sold Gadfly II was because the family had increase in size and the boat was too small for them all to go on.

The next owner Mr R.J.Watts who owned for sailed her out of Erith Yacht Club but sold her again as he had plans to sail other boats and sold it to Mr E.J.Little who owned it from Dec 1962 to Dec 1968, when Mr F.G.Menden owned it until May 1973 to Mr N.P.Knight from 10th May 1973. It is at this point the trial runs cold, apart from Mr Watts seeing Gadfly II off Pin Mill in Suffolk on the River Orwell and talking to its owner who now called Gadfly II just the The Fly that was in the early 1980’s.

It was the last time that have been able to find out where it was and who owned for until I came upon an advert on EBay. That she was a boat in need of a full restoration and was going for a small amount of money. The last owner had started to do some work, but he had not been able to carry on with her restoration and so I bought her and started the long and pain taking job of bring her back to life. This project started in 2007.

The first job was to strip her down to her basic shell and remove all the old paint and varnish off the hull and cabin sides and remove what was left of the decks. Once that was done then start the job of rebuilding the Gadfly II into a sailing yacht once more and get her sailing again.

The rest of the restoration project can be seen on the other posts on the long journey to restore Gadfly II.
If there is anyone who can help fill in the years between 1973 and 2007 could please email me at jstarboatservices1@gmail.com

Mai-Star ongoing restoration this year with new cabin sides & roof.

April 7, 2013

This year it is the turn of the cabin sides and roof to get sorted out. As last year we were fighting a losing battle with the leaks on the cabin sides and the deck joint. 75 years of hard sailing and poor maintenance had taken its toll and it was time to call it a day. Then bite the bullet and make new cabin sides and roof. The job of taking the roof off was easy just get a big saw and cut sections out one at a time.

The cabin sides were a different matter with blind screws in some places and broken screws in others. some bits came out easily and other just would move. So out came the big hammer and the battle of wills started and a number of cups of coffee later they were off, but not in one pieces, but two or three bits. That was ok, I just had to fix them together once I was back at the workshop.

The next job now is to clean up the deck and sort out the deck beams and carlins and the go to the timber merchants and get the new wood for the cabin sides. One good thing in all this destruction was that I was able to save the deck beams as there was no rot or any other problem with them. So at least part of the old roof and cabin sides will live on in the new one.