Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Busy day's work on the boat as I drive towards getting back in the water.

Shoring up the planking to get it back and keep it in place while refitting the new ribs in the port side where the ribs were all broken on the turn of the bilge.

Burned the paint off  the transom to find there is a lot of work to be carried out at the edges of the transom and along the top.

Finally got the second plank steamed on to the boat after the first one was found to be faulty and having to wait for a new piece of wood and the time to steam in on the boat. 
The cabin sides are finally in place and glued and screwed in place and putting a few homely pieces on the cabinsides.

The steambox in position  ready to steam both the plank in place and also the new ribs as well.

Friday, 25 April 2014

A producive day with major steps forward.

Yesterday was a productive day in that it got the new cabin sides in place and finally glued and sealed in place. Also the hull on the starboard side was finally had all the paint removed and the hull sanded back to bare wood and one of the original scribed waterlines was find two and half inched below what was the one that was found before.

Having found this waterline the paint was stripped down to this mark, The one I was using appears to be one the was marked into the boats' hull when the engine was fitted and seeing as this is no longer going to be there the waterline is now being lowered to its original position.

The new cabin sides are this time fixed in a way that the original one should have been fitted. That is to say fixed to the carlins and not sitting on the side decks and then screwed to a covering board which itself was fixed to the carlin. The problem with the first way was when people moved down the side deck the joint between the side deck and the cabin side would move and the whole joint would leak. At least time the chances are it will not happen.

The next job on the list of boat jobs is to put back the ribs that are missing and put the final plank in the bottom on the port side. Then fit the deck beams on to the cabin sides and then fit the cabin roof so it to will appear as a old fashion roof from the inside , however from the outside it will be a modern roof made from a sheet of marine plywood which will be sheaved in epoxy matting and epoxy making a very strong roof.

So all in all it as been a good weeks' work on the boat and now there is a light at the end of the tunnel and a finishing line that appears to be sight.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

This has been a busy week with a number of jobs done on Mai-Star II

This has been a busy week with a number of jobs done on Mai-Star II, namely the new cabin sides going back in place and better than before. The front ends are to have teak rubbing strips fitted to cut down on the wear caused by the staysail and jib sheets rubbing against them when the boat tacks as this was always a problem with the old cabin sides. Also the deck beams are going to be fixed into the cabin sides with half dovetails which was not done before as well. The four corners of the cabin will have corner posts fitted so that the whole structure will be tried together and make it stronger than before. Next week it will be the ribs and planking to be done and then get on with the new cabin roof after the ribs are fitted in the cabin.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The new cabinsides are now back in place and ready to start work on the deck beams.

This photo show the last part of the cabinsides now in place and ready to be fixed in place. 
This photo shows the starboard side jointed into the cabin front.

 and the port side too. Now it is a matter of getting the corner pieces cut to length and fitted to try the whole lot together.

This is a major step forward to getting the new cabin roof / deck back in place. Now that the cabin sides are back in place. It will be a matter of cutting down the cabin sides to the level of the cabin front and then fitting the deck beams back into the top of the cabin sides as they were before. But before this is done the four corner pieces have to be made up and fitted and then the whole lot will have to come out and be given a thin coat of varnish and then the corners glued together and the cabin sides will be set on sealant where it is fixed to the carlins.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Yesterday was a busy day with a lot done

This photo is of the first of the new planks finally in place and ready for painting and fixing in place and then starting to fix the last one in place. 
This photo is of the first of the cabin sides in place and ready to be removed and the sealant put on and then fixed in place. The other side is done as well and so once they are fixed in place the front cabin side can be fitted in place and the deck beams can then be fitted and the deck can go back on.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Another busy day ahead on Mai-Star II

Another busy day ahead with work to be done on the planking, namely the refastening of a number of nails on a few old ribs and a few fixing on a few of the grown frames where the planks have moved off the frames. These have made steps in the planking so it looks more like a clinker than a carvel planked hull. So with a bit of careful jacking up back into place and re-fastening it should be a lot better.

With the help from my wife, she will be doing some burning off of the old paint on the starboard side and then some sanding on the inside. The list of jobs will soon be got through.

Another job to be done today will be moving the filler cap for the water tank and the making of some locker bases for the cabin lockers so that more of them can be used for storage, as on any small boat this is of a short supply at the best of times and Mai-Star II is no different to any other boat.

Busy day on Mai-Star II

A large gap between the stern post and the inner knee, most of this will go when the boat is back in the water and a couple of through bolts are put in the stern post and the two are bolted together.

The new two bilge pump outlets dry fitted.
The two outlets from the outside
 The port side all back to bare wood and the started to be sanded down ready to have work done on the hull.
 A head on photo before and after and showing the waterline being change as the weight in the boat is now changed.
 The hull now started to be sanded back ready to have the work done on the hull.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Getting on with the cabin sides and other jobs

The first fitting of the port hand side cabin side , but a long way to go before it is finally fixed in place.
Same with the starboard side, along way to go, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

The first fitting of the front part of the cabin sides. a lot of planning and shaping to be done before it is finally fixed in place.
Still keeping a listening watch out on the VHF and checking the boat position on the GPS.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Getting the cabin sides back in place and other jobs.

Yesterday I started to get the new cabin sides back into position and start to make the boat look more like its old self. The only difference this time is that the cabin sides are made out of mahogany and not larch like the first set. Also they are going to be put in by screwing them to the carlins and not like before fitted on top of the side decks. So that now the cabin sides have a fighting chance of sealing and not leaking this time, also the cabin sides and the roof beams are going to be fixed in a way so they stay fixed together and not come apart as has happened in the past. Once the cabin sides are back in place the deck beams will be fitted and the roof will be made up. this time it will be a T&G on the inside face and then covered with a sheet of 4 mm marine plywood which in turn will be covered with epoxy matting. This way there should be little or chance for any leaks from the cabin roof in the future.

Another job at the moment is getting the planks back in the bottom as well as getting the new ribs put back in the boat and then be able to sort out the interior refit of the boat and get on with the outside paint work and varnishing the toe rails and rubbing skates.