Saturday, 31 May 2014

The first part of the roof now made just got to get the other part made up.

The first part of the roof made up on the cabin, just got to buy the T&G to put under this marine plywood outer layer, so the inside looks like did originally but without the problems of leaking as it expands and contracts in the heat and moisture.  
View out  over the transom of the boat. In the distance it is Ipswich.

Another photo with a view forward Ipswich Docks.

The Mai-Star II's tender now back in the water so at least can go out on the river for short trips again after working on Mai-Star II  

The Blue boat in the middle of this photo is a sister ship to the one I did my first Bay of Biscay crossing back in the early 1990's and there as been a lot of adventures since and more to come I hope.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A good day for sanding the hull down and getting ready to put the roof on the cabin .

The port is now finished being sanded apart from round the gammon iron and the chain plates and the waterline having been lower to its original position. 

A bow on photo showing the whole now sanded back to bare wood ready for the hard work to start on filling and fairing it up. 

A photo of the starboard hand side with the new waterline painted with primer.

The deck beams now glued and screwed into position so that the same thing will not happen the first time when the cabin roof and cabin side became unfixed from one another. As always Sasha keeping a weather eye out on the work at hand.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Getting to grips with putting the new roof on the cabin.

After a week of other work needing to be done and the weather getting unsettled. It is now time to get to grips with putting the new roof on the cabin and fixing the new two layer cabin roof. The first part will be made up of 5/8" T & G which will be glued and screwed to the deck beams and then the upper side of this will be filled and faired. Then the outer layer of marine plywood will be then glued and fixed to the inner layer and then this will be then covered in matting which will be fixed/glued in place by epoxy resin which will in turn be painted with anti-slip paint. While this is getting underway the cabin interior will be sorted out to make space to put the forecabin pipecot in for my son.

Also other jobs underway are the sorting out of the galley and sink areas and the making of a small navigation area to do the navigation work while underway.

The present galley area with the non gimballed stove 
The present sink area 

The start of the new navigation area with the 12 volts sockets in place

 The ship's mascot Sasha keeping a weather eye on the refit .

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Back to working on boat

Yesterday, I was able to get back to work on the boat and getting the last plank in the port side. just got to screw it  in and then that part will be finished and then can start on getting the rib back in too. 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Taking the holiday weekend off from the boat.

This weekend it is a change with looking after the family and not the boat. The boat is getting along nicely and the jobs are getting ticked off, so it is time to take a rest to recharge the batteries. Then get back to it later this week and make the push to the spring bank holiday weekend.