Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Getting down and dirty in the bilges and getting on with restorations and new builds

Getting the deadwood out of the yacht and now see why it was leaking.


All but one had rusted away to nothing and the onlt thing holding in position was the sterntube and it connection to the gearbox.


The hull that was in the mould refused to come out in one piece so it was decided cut it out so we can make a new dinghy to our own spec.


Mean while fitting the new seats to the old dinghy in for a general restoration/rebuild 


The edges are all sanded back to take the matting and seal the seat/ buoyancy tanks in position 


The 8ft dinghy mould all cleaned out and ready to be release waxed and then be able to start moulding a new dinghy.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Mai-Star II at J-Star Boat Services Yard and Workshop to continue its restoration and relaunch next year

The area in the yard cleared ready for her arrival at the yard


Peter Down's Boat Transport picked the yacht up this morning from Fox's Marina Ipswich and were at the yard in good time.


Peter and his son were soon on the case and unloaded in a quick time and the yacht was soon set upo in its new home and ready to be worked on over the next few months




All safe and sound and ready for a cradle to be made over the next week ready for the team to get on with her refit.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Working out how to best remove the broken and rotten deck beams ahead of the cabin front.

When down the boatyard to check on Mai-Star II and to work out how to best to remove the two damaged and rotten deck beams ahead of the cabin front and how best to sort out the deck mast collar that fits between the two deck beams. As the mast is no longer going to go down to the keel and is going to be deck stepped that deck collar will have to be replaced and a solid plate put in its place and fixed in place.

There are a number of bits of steel work to get unbolted in the area so it is going to be fun removing the old steel boats which have not seen the light of day for over 70 years. So there is going to be a cursing as it is going to be difficult to get some or not all the bolts apart.
  Especially on these steel deck knees that are bolted to the deck beams and the grown frames on the hull. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Now back to work on Mai-Star II after a summer doing other projects

Now back to work on Mai-Star II with an inspection of the hull to see what is needed to be done first


The hull is in reasonable condition  just will need a good sanding before the painting can continue over the next few months


The bottom looks in good condition apart from a few gaps where the planks have dried out over the summer months.


The gaps in the planks will swell up with the winter damp condition and a little help from a hose pipe spraying  water over the planks on the inside 


The new forehatch being glued together, then it will be ready for the next stage cutting the rebate around the top to fit the upper section of the hatch.


Now back to work on Mai-Star II after a summer doing other projects

Now back to work on Mai-Star II with an inspection of the hull to see what is needed to be done first


The hull is in reasonable condition  just will need a good sanding before the painting can continue over the next few months


The bottom looks in good condition apart from a few gaps where the planks have dried out over the summer months.


The gaps in the planks will swell up with the winter damp condition and a little help from a hose pipe spraying  water over the planks on the inside 


The new forehatch being glued together, then it will be ready for the next stage cutting the rebate around the top to fit the upper section of the hatch.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Making a start to make the new forehatch for the Yacht

Marked out the mortise and tenon joints and made and start on cutting them  


Cut all the tenon joints and now setting out the base on the bench ready to mark out the mortises


Let the fun begin cutting the mortises by hand.


The first mortises cut out on the forehatch, now marking out the second two and once cut out and make to fit the tenons, the base part of the forehatch will be glued together.



Sunday, 23 October 2016

Not a lot to report, but it is under it's winter cover while other jobs need doing else where.

The yacht is under its winter cover for a while, while other paying jobs get done so that I have the money to get on with Mai-Star II's ongoing restoration. The foredeck is all but completely off with just a small section left to come off. Then the two deck beams ahead of the cabin front can be removed and new deck beams made and refitted. Once the new deck beams are back in then the new foredeck and the new forehatch can refitted to the new deck after the new deck is covered with epoxy matting and resin and the toe rails and rubbing stakes will be fitted and the forward part of the yacht will be sorted. Then the cabin roof can be covered in the same way as the foredeck.

Another job to do is to sort out the mast step and make a new mast plinth to fit the tabernacle to and sort out the standing rigging to fit the set up.

The biggest job for the near future is to get the yacht foredeck water tight so the the forward part of the yacht can be painted over the winter months.

Anyway that it a little update of what is happening on the Mai-Star II front.