Posts Tagged ‘ribs’

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.


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.


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


One little job that need attention a broken rib that replacing


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


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


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


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


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.


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.

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.