Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Making a start on clearing out the inside of the James Silver TSMY Chance to we can get to the hull from the inside

This photo is of the engineering space aboard Chance full of old out of date equipment and wiring which is all going to be removed and new up to date electrical wiring and equipment will be fitted to bring up to date and safe. 


Just a sea of old old out of date equipment and wiring and bilge pump



Much of this equipment as not been updated in decades if in some case never





The original heads in the aft cabin with its sink and original toilet 




Having taken off the ensign and flag box off the main bulkhead we can see the colour of the original wood finish.



Simple and down to earth engine controls, I will looking to find if the instruments can restored or new original looking gauges can be found 




The ships wheel is from the period of her launch and cam from Simpson & Lawrence of Glasgow 




A view out of the wheelhouse from the steering position along the long foredeck which at the moment does not have its main mast or guardrails fitted which will be restored and hen refitted at a later stage of the restoration


The view forward from the starboard side showing off the butterfly skylights and forecabin hatch which in time will be removed and restored and re-varnished to look like they were when she was originally launched in 1948



The original compass which is going to go to be restored by a compass restorer 



The masts for the boat which apart from a bit of age damage are in reasonable  condition which with a good sanding and lot of varnish will look good once more and will be able bed on new sails and be able set sail on the high seas again  



A couple of family members heling get the restoration project underway and I am sure there are going to be friends to help along the way 



The original heads in the aft cabin with its sink and original toilet 




Having taken off the ensign and flag box off the main bulkhead we can see the colour of the original wood finish.



Simple and down to earth engine controls, I will looking to find if the instruments can restored or new original looking gauges can be found 




The ships wheel is from the period of her launch and cam from Simpson & Lawrence of Glasgow 





The forward bilge area which is full oily water and dirt of other types which will be the first area to be cleared out so that bilges can be cleaned and repainted



The main saloon/ cabin starboard side an area which will need restoring back to it former glory and condition 



Some old speed and depth equipment 



one of the boats former owners long since flown the nest



The galley area port side with an area for a gimballed cooker  




another view of the forward bilge with a pond pump laying in the bilge which was got to work and was able to remove much of the water



The forecabin which not original and there should be to bunk and a toilet in this area




There is a spilt plank below the rubbing strake between two butt joints which will need to be investigated as a matter of priority







 

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Off to Chance to start the long road to the restoration of boat

 On my way back to Chance this morning to start the inventory of the boat and to make a start on cleaning out the cabins and photographing and videoing the condition of the boat to work out how much of the boat needs restoring and how many new items will need to be sourced from my different contacts within the marine trade. Also cover up the wheelhouse windows and any of the other holes in the hull and cabin sides/ So it should be an interesting couple of days ahead while we make in roads into the restoration ahead. I have help this time with my wife and my brother lending a extra pair of hands with many of the larger items such as the masts and other heavy items on the boat.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Now that the team are back from inspecting The James Silver Western Isles Chance. It is back to the boats in the workshop and in the Yard.

The picnic boat had its old floor boards laid over the floor bearers to see how they will need to be reshaped and if they can be used 

 

The damaged dinghy will be coming in the workshop shortly to be repaired and have new gunwales and seats fitted and then a complete re-painting. The owner wishes to make his own oars as he was a former boat building apprentice of mine and is up to the challenge. 



A Hardy Pilot 20's toilet bulkhead and bi-fold doors and head linings all ready to be shipped back to the owner's boat to be refitted in his boat so that he can enjoy the summer season on the rivers in Kent



The ongoing Morgan Giles 30 Project with deck work to be done and refitting the stanchions and pulpit and pushpit. Also a fair amount of work still needing to be done in the cabin  



 

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Arrived at the place that Chance is laying at present and the task ahead of us

There is Chance in the background  

One of the major areas of rotten planking that needs replacing 


On the whole the boat looks in reasonable condition when you get past the poor condition of the paint work and look under the surface


Much  of the rotten wood is in areas of poor air flow in the past and the lack of been look after over the past few years




single rudder which was normal practice in the period when Chance was build 


One area that need attention to stop the bow moving a block under the bow to support the forefoot of the keel