Posts Tagged ‘Yachts’

Total cockpit overhaul needed on the yacht

February 28, 2017

The cabin bulkhead is in the worse condition and will need the most work on

The aft bulkhead is a lot smaller and should not be as larger job as the front, however, smaller areas can cause their problems

One of the first jobs is to remove all the equipment that is the way to gain access to the bulkheads and to the cockpit coamings that have to be removed to be able to remove the old rotten wood.

One side is already clear of obstructions

While the other side as yet to be started on

Side on view

A view looking forward a mess of wiring to be removed and labelled up

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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

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.