Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Something Different

Hi everyone,
I am still at it, as previous I was doing the last set of hull planks, up to spiling the first one after removing the port bunk. This was finished on Saturday, but with the woodshop closed i had to wait till Monday to cut and trial fit the Plank. All done first pic, today I get it ready for nailing and fairing.

And now for something Completely Different
As I am getting closer to getting in the water, my mind has been flying ahead to the new problems I will face when that happens. Getting to and from my boat being quite important!
So the next set of pics is the cheapest solution I could come up with. And now with 'nothing to do till Monday' I had a time slot spare. Sunday till 12 noon, then the Sun would be too hot.



 This happened to me before in 1994, just after my new Avon dingy and 3hp Marina outboard were stolen, in Falmouth, on my first journey to home. Llew will remember helping me build a flat pack dingy then.









And Monday night all glued up under cover. Requires fitting all the other bits, but it would probably float if I put it in the ogin


Thursday, June 21, 2012

More to take out

Hi again all,

Foreward planks done
Well continuing with the portside I attacked the foreward damage, middle plank was scarfed in without having to cut the plank in two. top and bottom were butt blocks, then the plugs glued in and fairing all the planks with filler.

bottom plank patched

Of the 4 planks to do in the centre, the bottom one only needed a scarfed patch, this now done. Again fairing all the surrounding damaged surfaces with filler.

Next 2 pics of them primed.

Now the hard part. The 3 planks above have to be done next. And as I mentioned before my enthusiasm for taking the port bunk to bits and pieces had left me.
I tried every way I could to get at these planks from the inside with no success........so.......after a while, and picking my nose for a bit, shoving my finger down my ear, etc. etc. I knew I would have to look around for a bit of inspiration. I found this by crying into about 6 beers at the bar for a few hours.

Back of bunk removed

 Now feeling terrid this morning I attacked the bunk with venom, it took all day but tonight I can get to everything I need to fix these planks.

Bottom part removed

As can be seen, access is now achieved.
So tomorrow I can start removing the copper nails and spiling the first of 3 planks to fit.

still more coming.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hi again all,
The picys today are a joy for me to post, after a lot of filling and sanding I reached the point were it required the first priming coat of paint. This is for 2 reasons, one is to protect the planks, its been some time now, and two is to see the 16,742,239.6666rec holes I've missed! But I have a boat back!

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So the first colour change has taken place, and the boat looks as if someone is looking after it at last.
 I have had many comments about it in the yard here.

Friday, June 8, 2012


Hi all,
More picys,
Cutting Plugs
Now time to put the plugs in over the nails, so they have to be cut in their hundreds!
Pic of me in Chris's open air work shop cutting them on his drill press.

Chris had already cut and fitted some for me, about 70 odd, I did the rest, another 162.

All bunged up 1
With all bungs in, 2 pics. I have begun to finally 'Butter', the planks.

All bunged up 2

Buttering the Planks

Reminder of the damaged plank surface's

  This is to stabilize the wood surface after all that rubbing and scraping on the reef. With all the plugs sanded down this is now in progress.

 It will take a bit of time to do, and after trialing various fillers I chose to use West System and the '407' light filler. I overhauled the overboard valves and fitted them sealed up with goo, before starting this job.

 And last pic is the port side plank removal. I did more damage to this side of the boat, in an hour and a half, than the reef did in 48hrs. I just hacked them out with no finesse! and I am glad to say, the frames are undamaged this side. A few loose fasteners to address, but it faired a lot better than t'other side.
I don't think I will be using copper nails though, All the damage is below the port bunk and galley stove, there is no room to swing a door mouse in there, I just haven't the get up and go to remove that lot, it will just have to stay were it is.
more and more coming.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hi Everyone,
Rough faired nailed and riveted
I have been carrrying on with work, so another few pics of the progress.

First Plank to be replaced comes off

Started to remove planks and fasteners on the starb. side.

My water tank is right here, so to access it the port bottom foreward bunk boards had to come out!

Attending to a delayed work to do job. (only 18 years late)
These boards were never finished in 1994 when I put them in, and have just been plain wood, with no protection, they have always swelled up with the damp, especialy when it became the wet room at the very begining of this voyage in 2009!

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There are more of these under the bed, but they will have to wait, I have to have a nap somewhere now and again.

The dreaded Leargy, Mange  or a weird tropical disease
And this view of the boat at the moment. All on its own, I think I have a terrid, socialy unexeptable disease, I will call it 'Wooden Boat Syndrome' no-one with a fibre glass boat wants to come near. Scare de cats!
No really they change from 'boat yard' to 'boat storage yard' at this time of year, in preparation for the hurricane season. I just happen to be the last work in progress boat to be shafted, er I mean shifted, somewhere out of the way.

The big Moon
Some observations.
Took a photo of the supposed big moon, it chose that night to have high cloud cover. And it looked normal size to me.
I have been thinking, its 18 years I have owned this boat, and doing things like this to it.
 What will I be doing in 18 years time...at 83 years old, with a boat 94 years young at the dock?
My mind does wonder about a bit when I am sanding and varnishing.

Ah well, all for now, back to work.