Friday, 18 November 2016

Working out how to best remove the broken and rotten deck beams ahead of the cabin front.

When down the boatyard to check on Mai-Star II and to work out how to best to remove the two damaged and rotten deck beams ahead of the cabin front and how best to sort out the deck mast collar that fits between the two deck beams. As the mast is no longer going to go down to the keel and is going to be deck stepped that deck collar will have to be replaced and a solid plate put in its place and fixed in place.

There are a number of bits of steel work to get unbolted in the area so it is going to be fun removing the old steel boats which have not seen the light of day for over 70 years. So there is going to be a cursing as it is going to be difficult to get some or not all the bolts apart.
  Especially on these steel deck knees that are bolted to the deck beams and the grown frames on the hull. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Now back to work on Mai-Star II after a summer doing other projects

Now back to work on Mai-Star II with an inspection of the hull to see what is needed to be done first


The hull is in reasonable condition  just will need a good sanding before the painting can continue over the next few months


The bottom looks in good condition apart from a few gaps where the planks have dried out over the summer months.


The gaps in the planks will swell up with the winter damp condition and a little help from a hose pipe spraying  water over the planks on the inside 


The new forehatch being glued together, then it will be ready for the next stage cutting the rebate around the top to fit the upper section of the hatch.


Now back to work on Mai-Star II after a summer doing other projects

Now back to work on Mai-Star II with an inspection of the hull to see what is needed to be done first


The hull is in reasonable condition  just will need a good sanding before the painting can continue over the next few months


The bottom looks in good condition apart from a few gaps where the planks have dried out over the summer months.


The gaps in the planks will swell up with the winter damp condition and a little help from a hose pipe spraying  water over the planks on the inside 


The new forehatch being glued together, then it will be ready for the next stage cutting the rebate around the top to fit the upper section of the hatch.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Making a start to make the new forehatch for the Yacht

Marked out the mortise and tenon joints and made and start on cutting them  


Cut all the tenon joints and now setting out the base on the bench ready to mark out the mortises


Let the fun begin cutting the mortises by hand.


The first mortises cut out on the forehatch, now marking out the second two and once cut out and make to fit the tenons, the base part of the forehatch will be glued together.



Sunday, 23 October 2016

Not a lot to report, but it is under it's winter cover while other jobs need doing else where.

The yacht is under its winter cover for a while, while other paying jobs get done so that I have the money to get on with Mai-Star II's ongoing restoration. The foredeck is all but completely off with just a small section left to come off. Then the two deck beams ahead of the cabin front can be removed and new deck beams made and refitted. Once the new deck beams are back in then the new foredeck and the new forehatch can refitted to the new deck after the new deck is covered with epoxy matting and resin and the toe rails and rubbing stakes will be fitted and the forward part of the yacht will be sorted. Then the cabin roof can be covered in the same way as the foredeck.

Another job to do is to sort out the mast step and make a new mast plinth to fit the tabernacle to and sort out the standing rigging to fit the set up.

The biggest job for the near future is to get the yacht foredeck water tight so the the forward part of the yacht can be painted over the winter months.

Anyway that it a little update of what is happening on the Mai-Star II front.   

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Starting to paint the hull white again after four coats of primer

Getting back to work on the hull of Mai-Star II, starting to build up the coats of undercoat, The first of four coats of undercoat.


Now the first coat of undercoat is on, now the filling and fairing can being with sanding and filling until we get a fair hull again.


Starting to look more like her old self with a beautiful white hull.  


Friday, 12 August 2016

Starting to take up the port side foredeck and other jobs to do with replacing the deck beams and carlins

Marking out the areas between the deck beams so not to cut them while removing the deck


More marking out 


One major bit to remove from the fore deck,so to gain access to the two damaged deck beams below


Steel knee put in sometime in the past to connect the deck beams to the grown frames


This is the port side deck to hull steel knee before the deck is removed


Most of the foredeck is off now, just a small area beside the forehatch area to the cabin front left to remove.


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Making a start on making a new fore hatch which will be water tight

Putting the old hatch on to a jig to set it up to make the new hatch fit within the size of the old hatch


The new fore hatch will still have many of the old features, however, a few may be modify to fit into the new design of the new fore hatch  


Getting the new fore hatch pieces planned and thickness-ed up ready to set them up to make the corner joints 


Which will be unlike the last joints which were just screw together as butt joints. 


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

So the problem grow by the hour, but we have a plan to put it right.

Major problem found and this is going to need the mast removing from the yacht to sort out


Old age as finally caught up with the old lady, the deck beam and carlin have given out


The front end of the carlin as broken and so the side deck will have to come up


Half the deck up the rest will be done in the morning and then the repairs can start


The long job of removing all the fixings on the toe rails and rubbing skates 


Just a few more fixings to go.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Problems with the sub deck of Mai-Star II

Having taken a good look at the deck and found the toe rail had moved I inspected the deck and found it was rotten, so now comes the hard job of taking up the old deck and seeing how far the problem goes.


It appears to be just round the starboard side just ahead of the cabin front.


It appears to have got to the top of the gunwale  and the grown frames in just one area at the moment, time will tell if it as gone further.


Only time will tell how far the problem goes and if the mast as to come out


Friday, 5 August 2016

Making a start on clearing up the inside of the boat so it can be rubbed down and given a fresh coat of paint and other jobs

Taken up the floorboards to gain access to the bilge area and be able to give it a fresh coat of bilge paint and then the hull sides


Bit of a mess at the moment, but with a bit of elbow grease and a pressure washer and a bilge pump to empty the water and a wet vac to clean up the rest it will soon be clean again ready to be painted


A good time to service the engine and get it checked over and the anode changed.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Back at work on the restoration of Mai-Star II

The second apprentice checking out the standing rigging 

While the second apprentice is hard at work giving the topsides a second coat of Yacht Primer before doing some spot filling of the other side of the topsides 


Starting to do the spot filling of te topsides


There is a far bit to do this time


Finally got to the end of the starboard side


The rudder getting a bit of TLC as well

 The top as well as the bottom

Starting to make a jig to make the new fore hatch around 


Planned up and thicknesses one bit of mahogany to make the new fore hatch, just a few more bits to go