Thursday, 26 February 2015

The weather gods are my side for a change or lets hope so!

At last a day with some sunshine so that I can get on with work on the outside of the boat. This will be a chance to get the roof of the cabin sorted out and get ready to cover the roof with matting and epoxy resin once the temperature gets high enough to make the resin go off. So It will be time to fit the last two planks of the inner roof and then fit the outer marine plywood skin.

May be able to fit the last two portholes in the front of the cabin and then that job will be finished off.

Also with a clear dry day I will be able to finish off the bow planks and get them glued and screwed and nailed in place and painted and caulked. Then go round the boat sorting out the old fixing that need replacing and propping up the planks that have moved and fix them back on to the frames where they have come away from over the years.  

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Doing some of the small jobs on the boat.

Starting to cut out one of the reefing brackets out of a piece of seasoned oak.

Starting to shape the first of the curves 

The shaping all done, just got to drill the holes for the lines to go through and the fixing holes then they can go on the boom and be varnished.

Steaming the last of the bow planks on to the boat to give it a bit of perbend to make it easier to fit in the space below. 

Making the parallel ruler holder and the pencil holder for the navigation area on the boat 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Making last new plank for the bow and then turn my attention to the ribs and roof.

Starting to cut out the last of the bow planks 

Planing it down to size before putting through the thicknesser 

Now it is time to go back to the boat and fit it in position and then paint and caulk it and putty the seams ready to antifoul it when the rest of the boat is finished and ready to launch.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Spring is just round the corner and the boat needs finishing off and putting back in the water.

Spring just round the corner, it is time to make a start on Mai-Star II and get her back together and ready to get in the water.but before I can do that I need to get a few jobs on the boat finished off , mainly the last plank in the bow and the rest of the ribs to make and steam into position.

Then get the cabin roof finished off and the cockpit to sort out and make more use of the available space above and below the cockpit sole. Because now that she as no engine under the cockpit sole there is now room for other items that can be stored under it.

Another bit to sort out will be the height of the cockpit coaming and the fitting of a pair of small winches for the headsails which it did not have before and that I found were needed when tacking up and down the rivers when the boat was last in the water and also needed is a small winch to tension the running backstays as this is needed to keep the tension in the mast when beating to windward in a bit of a blow.

But the main job for now is to get the hull and superstructure watertight and painted so we can get her afloat as soon as possible and start to enjoy our sailing of her again.