Saturday, 24 August 2013

This week as been a bit of a hit and miss affair

This week there has not been a lot done to the boat, apart from fitting hardwood plugs in the old nail holes after drilling holes to fit the plugs in. Then the nice(tongue in cheek) job that is gluing the hardwood plugs in place after they are covered in epoxy glue and tapped in place.

After that was done then the cockpit seats and stamson posts were removed to gain access to the remaining ribs that have to be replaced in the cockpit. This will be done when I get some more green oak from my local timber source who cuts it to order so that it is as green as it can possibly be and make fitting new ribs easier round tight curves. This is especially true in Mai-Star II cokpit where they go through two different directions from the hog to the deck.

After these jobs were done the weather and family comittments stopped me from doing any more work this week. Hopefully next week I will be able to get the plugs cleaned off back to the level of the planks and will be able to start painting the hull of the boat where the plugs have been fitted.


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Start of another week of repairs to Mai-Star II

This photo is of the back of the cockpit showing how over built Mai-Star II was built in 1939 and why it as been able to last as long as it as.
 This photo shows the old nail holes plugged with hardwood plugs, which have been epoxy glued in place, also shows the two planks that have to be renewed as they have damage to the planks.
 This photo shows the stern post with the putty and caulking removed and this joint will be filled with a spline as this is too large to caulk and keep sealed.
 This photo show the same problem on the starboard side and will get the same treatment
 This photo shows the port side of the cockpit with the cockpit seats removed and the aft samson posts removed, now it will be possible to get to work on the damaged planking and to renew the broken ribs.
 Another photo of the port side of the cockpit showing the extent of the job ahead
 This photo shows another rib that as broken while the boat is out of the water, due in part to the dry weather and the boat moving.

 This photo shows that there are a number of broken ribs still to come out of the cockpit, so my hands are going to be full for some time to come

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The history of GadflyII

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 2008.

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.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

so the ribs start coming out

This photo is of where the ribs and the planks need refastening as nails have stretched after 74 years of hard sailing

 This photo is of where the port aft chainplate was damaged in a storm and it needs removing and refastening and sealing.
This photo is of the starboard forward end of the cabin bunk top and one of the few ribs that is still in one pieces where as the ones on the port side are broken.
This photo shows the doubling ribs removed on the port side in the cockpit before the old nail holes are sealed with hardwood plugs which are going to be glued in place with epoxy glue.
 This photo is of the starboard side of the cockpit with the doubling ribs removed and before the old nail holes are sealed, and before the old ribs which are still in place are renewed, the old ribs are broken and will need replacing with fresh green oak.
 This photo is of the bottom of the stern post and shows the shape of the bilge.
 The port side looks like a bit of a pin cushion with all those old nails removed before they are all plugged up and sealed.
 This photo shows an old repair done many years ago when Mai-Star II was involved in a breaching that broke a many of her port side ribs and the ribs were not replaced but beefed up by fitting these two grown frames.
 This photo is of the bottom end of the ribs in the photo above, showing it broke in more than one place.
 This photo shows that the boat as developed a bit of a corner at the turn of the bilge
 This photo shows how it as developed further along on the port side.
 This photo shows that the starboard side is fairly good condition just a few nails to sort out.