Monday, 15 September 2014

Starting to varnish the cabin sides and stream the new ribs

The first of the many coats of varnish going on the cabin sides

 View from the bow of the newly varnished cabin front show the beautiful golden brown colour of the new mahogany cabin sides

 Now the cabin sides and front have their new coat of varnish it will be time to give it all a very good sanding back before applying the next coat of varnish, just another 10 + coats to go.

 Starting to stream the new ribs round the boat, when you work by yourself you have to get round the problem, just a method of what comes to hand to get over the problem and it works.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The winter refit has got underway

The winter refit has got underway and the jobs are ticked off the list. The first major job is going to be the reinstating of the new oak ribs where the old broken ribs were removed.
The next job will be getting the planks on the stem sorted out, removing the damaged front ends where they had repeatedly been screwed and re-screwed over a number of years.
Another job that needs doing is the roof need finishing off, it will be watertight and then the roof can be covered with epoxy matting and the the sliding  hatch can be fitted and can the handrails.
One other job that needs doing is the varnishing on the cabin sides and the toe rails and rubbing strakes.
Above the waterline the hull can be sorted with fitting new skin fittings for the bilge pumps and also the need to resealing a leaking chain plate. Also, the need to glue some grading pieces in transom where a couple of areas of damaged wood were found when the hull was burned off.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Work on the inside and cockpit of Mai-Star II

The first major job on the port side will be to get the ribs back in place and ensure that the planks all fit up to the ribs and ensure that the outside of the hull becomes fair again. There will also be a fair amount of refastening of the frames as a few of the nails in these have weak.

 The roof now back in place and ready to paint and the cabin side are ready to be sanded and varnished.

While doing any refit, you need a kettle and some form of cooker to keep your energy levels up during the long winter refit period. 

The bare cockpit ready for the rest of the ribs to be fitted and the coaming and seats and floor can be made to make it a useable cockpit once more.

 The problem will be to fit all the necessary equipment in the cockpit and make it all work effectively  
  At the other end a task to make this end work and fit a pipe cot for the son to sleep on.