Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The main cabin aft hatch repairs and making new hatch runners

This photo shows the hatch being repaired as two of the four parts of its frame work had broken or had worn out after 70+ years of use. 
The cabin hatch runners are also in need of replacing as these have seen better days and are worn out especially the area where the hatch runs in runners. This was a problem as the hatch would not open before the hatch was hit the roof of the cabin causeing the hatch to lock up on the roof before opening fully.
The next job on the new runners will be to raise the runner position so that this does not happen again easily.
This photo is of the repairs to the hatch with a new beams made to replace the beams that were broken or worn out.
 This photo is of one of the new roof rails being shaped

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Starting to do small jobs in the workshop for the boat while the weather is not so good.

Today it was the turn of the cabin hatch to start to be sorted out with a couple of new pieces needing to be replaced as they had worn out and one had broken after many years of service.

Other jobs to be done will be to varnish the cabin roof hand rails and also the other pieces of wood that need doing for inside the boat such as some of the bunk top and front trims. 

Saturday, 16 November 2013

It is time to start making a start on sorting out the repairs on the Mai-Star II once more.

Now that the dust has settled on the changing work load, I now can plan to get on to doing some work on the hull of the yacht and make a start on getting her back together once more.
This is one of the many jobs that done over the next few months along with the new cabin sides and roof and the refitting of the port holes and new navigation lights to the cabin sides and also other jobs on the mast and a list of jobs to do in the cockpit. Which is has you see a little on the empty side and is a blank canvas in which it can be re-designed to fit a number of bits of equipment both above the floorboards and below. 

Sunday, 10 November 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

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. Babergh-20130806-00202 IMG-20130814-00218 Also there are a couple of planks that need replacing as these are damaged.