Monday, 17 November 2014

Fitting new planks in the bow

Having waited a couple of days for the planks to cool off and take the shape it was time to fit the plank in place.

Making a work bench out of a old board  and with the aid of a couple of G Cramps made a vice to hold the plank in while I final shaped the plank to fit.
 First dry fitting of the front end of the plank to get it fitting well into the rebake on the stem.

Having fitted the front end into the rebate on the stem it was time to cut the back end 

Finally dry fitted and now ready to paint the plank and put the rest of the fixing in and get on with the next plank

An inside shot to show how small the space to work in on the inside of the boat up forward. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Re-fixing the plank ends where the old fixing have broken or come loose and other jobs

Re-fixing the ends of the planks where the fixing have come loose with age or have broken

Using the small stream box to stream the short planks so that they can be twisted into shape
The of the planks to be streamed and cramped to the boat with the twist bend into it and now left to cool off.

The second plank having the same treatment and also left to cool off for a day or so and then worked on and fitted to the boat/

This side of the stem, the front of the planks were splined but it is need of sorting out as planks have moved off the stem.
 This photo shows that it was not splined all the way down the stem so as put stress on some areas and not others.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fixing in the new ribs singlehandedly and making the new planks

Getting to grips with putting in the new ribs singlehandedly with the aid of a roofing prop

After refitting the new ribs then the beaching leg backing pad was able to be refitted.
 Two of the three new planks cut and thicknessed and ready to go back to the boatyard and be streamed to shape

Using the small stream box for the short planks.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Sorting out the inside of the boat ready to get on with replacing the planks on the bow and other jobs.

Today's work was getting the boat ready to replace the planks on the starboard bow. this involved removing the chain locker bulkhead and some of the loose items that were there while the new ribs further aft were being fitted.

The other job that was sorted today was the main electrics so that many of the main services can be fitted and the switch panel was tested and the first of the fitted systems were found to be working correctly.

The first major job on the bow is the existing planking needs to be fixed before the new planking can be started to be fixed to the stem. The existing planking which has come loose or there are not enough fixing in the first place will to be re-fixed, where the fixing has broken, the fixing  will be removed and new bronze fixing will be put in their place.

Once the existing planking is sorted, the new sections of planking will have to be steamed in place as there is an amount of twist in the plank ends and to ensure a good fixing that is not under tension this will need to be done. There also a need to fit a new section of rib in the bow where one of the original ribs as broken and this will have to be done before any new planking is fitted  

Another job that was done today was the sliding hatch runner were temporarily fixed in place so the main hatch can be made secure.

So all in all another productive day down the boatyard and back tomorrow for some more work on the bow planking and fixing in the three new ribs in the main cabin. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Productive day with a number of jobs got done

The three planks on the starboard side that were causing a number of problems with leaking water passed the stem joint.

The main problem being that the fixings on the stem had given way and the ends of the planks were damaged by repeated attempts to refix the planks .

The three planks have all got scarf joints cut on them so it is just a matter of making up the new short lengths of planking and refixing them in place after the old fixing holes are plugged with wooden dowels 

The first two ribs refitted in place now have to nail them and the rove them.

The third rib in place and just got one left to do on that side in the cabin.

The electric circuit panel powered up and ready to fit the rest of the instrument wiring to it