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