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A small dinghy repair so a client’s children can go sailing over the May Day holiday weekend

April 29, 2017

A small sailing dinghy brought in for a small wooden trim repair

the quarter knees and the transom trim fixings had failed due to old age

 

 

 

Clamping back into position and using a heavier grade of fixings and a better method of fixings so the problem does not happen again

 

All finished and ready to retuen to a happy client so he can go sailing over the bank holiday weekend

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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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