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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Two other projects waiting to be started on over the winter as the workshop is full with a larger boat and a few small dinghies

One of the projects is the classic gaff cutter 

The other project is a Cornish crabber 24 which is in need of a full rebuild from keel to coachroof and from bow to stern.

An ongoing project is the halcyon dinghy 

Finally the Mai-Star Class dinghy new build.

The cockpit locker boards getting their first coats of primer and the front of the boat covered to keep the foredeck dry while the chain locker is glassed in

The undersides of the locker lids getting their first coats of primer before being painted and then they will be edged while hardwood to protect the edges of the plywood. 

 The fixed parts will be getting the same edging done to them as well

The shelf fiddles getting re-varnished after being cleaned up and the old varnish removed.

The foredeck covered over to keep the rain and weather off the deck area and stop water getting into the chain locker bulkhead.

The Finesse 24 now on route to a boatyard near to the owner's home

The finesse 24 outside ready to have its cover removed.

The Finesse 24 being lifted on to transport to go to its new home in a boatyard near to its owner's home 

Just about to get on transport

Finally on transport and ready to be strapped down and on its way.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Planning to fit the outer keel on the halcyon dinghy

Bit by bit planning down the outer keel to make fit into the gap between the two garboard planks and then put a bolt through the centreboard slot to pull the centre of the outer keel before fixing the keel with a number of smaller screws through the inner keel. 

Once the keel is fitted then the lower part of the keel will need shaping to look like the original keel profile.

Mai-Star Class dinghy turned over to paint the outside of the hull

The dinghy is now turned over on to its gunwales and the hull can be rubbed down and gets its next coat of undercoat and will stay way up until the hull as its final coat of white gloss.

Once it is painted it will be turned back over to have its centreboard case made and fitted 

A long days ahead painting over the next week.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Hardy 25 Cockpit work

The mock up of the helmsman seat to gauge it correct height and position from the steering wheel and engine controls. Now that it is made the measurements can be taken off and made out of teak faced marine plywood.

The first coat of flow coat put on the aft bulkhead and the hull. Once it is coated again it will the teak faced plywood bulkheads covered in Formica so the compartment can be used as a shower and toilet compartment. 

The next job is the cockpit is going to be the aft locker lids which need edging with mahogany and fixing down in position ready to be covered with the same covering as the floor. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Making the new outer keel for the Halcyon dinghy and continuing the varnishing and paint of the Mai-Star Class dinghy

Having collected the hardwood board for the timber merchants, it is now cut out of the board and shaped to roughly the shape and thickness of the outer keel. Now a fair amount of power planning to the correct shape and size to fit in the dinghy.

The bottom is now all painted and is ready to have the new outer keel fitted as soon as the outer keel is made to fit the keel shape.

The varnishing is coming along well and should be able to turn the dingy over to paint the hull in a few days time.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Mai-Star Class dinghy is now had its first white gloss coat on the inside

The inside of the dinghy as now had its first gloss coat and now just needs one more to finish off the inside paint job.

Then the gloss is now almost finished the varnishing of the gunwales and top plank can get their further coats 

The transom now coming along well, now it is just a matter of getting as many coats on the bare wood to build up the coats until there is a good gloss finish

The thwarts are coming along well with more coats going on daily until they have enough coats to withstand a season use. 

Varnish work all over the workshop getting coats during the working day and if it is warm enough sometimes two coats a day.

Monday, 12 November 2018

The progress on the Mai-Star Class dinghy

The inside of the dinghy now masked up and the undercoat painted above the masking tape line, the line is just a guide which will be equalled out when the final bilge and white gloss is appeared

Looking better now that the white part is all white and as been over coated  with white undercoat

The transom in now sanded back to bare wood and is ready to be varnished again

The first of many coats of varnish the hardwood is going to get over the course of the next few weeks.

The thwarts getting the same treatment before being put in the dinghy after the centreboard case is made and fitted in the dinghy. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Progress on the Mai-Star Class dinghy

The dinghy is starting to look better with a fresh coat of primer on the inside the hull and the oak rubbing strakes and mahogany upper mast step and top plank getting its first thinned coat of varnish

The upper mast step starting to look better for a coat of varnish, just got to have 12+ more coats of varnish before it is finished

All the thwarts having their edges trimmed with iroko to protect the edges from damage as this wood is harder wearing

Now they are clamped together now have wait for the glue to cure and then plane the edges to the correct shape and size.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Plugging up the old fixing holes in the inner keel

Having counter boring the old fixing holes in the inner keel it was time to glue in plugs to fill the old oversized holes so that the new screws have a tight hole to go through and make a good seal between the inner keel and the centreboard case.   

The ends have to be fixed in a different way as when the keel was first made the ends were screw together before the bow and stern knees were fitted.

The centreboard case area needed all the holes plugging with new hardwood plugs. As this area as the most thwart-ships  pressure on the two parts of the keel. So this area is going to have the most new fixings put in place to ensure it as the best chance of making a good seal between the centreboard case and keel.

The only holes which have not been plugged are the screw holes for the inner and outer keel fixing holes which are going to have one gauge larger gauge screws fixing these two parts together and this time these will have sealant and paint between the two faces of the keel to ensure there is a good seal between the two parts of the keel.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Updates on the Mai-Star Class and Halcyon dinghies

The thwarts are now removed to be edged and the bare wood on the inside of the dinghy is getting a coat of yacht primer.

The top mast step now in position and the bottom is getting made and soon be fitted in the bow of the dinghy

All the edges and the bottom face of the inner keel now clear of old paint and sealant and ready for the next stage of the keel repair

Drilling out the old screw holes to fit hardwood plugs in the oversized holes

The plugs already cut just need gluing in position

The pugs all glued in position just have to wait for the glue to cure and on to the next stage, collecting the new timber for the outer keel.