Monday, 24 June 2019

Rudder repairs underway

Now that the old epoxy as been sanded off blade it as exposed the old glassfibre matting that was glassed over the edge of the udder when it was build, which as now dis connected itself from the two  halves of the rudder blade,

Inspecting the area it is can see why, the area was not sanded down to give the matting a key to grip on to when glass fibreing over the joint to seal the joint

Thenewkeel shoe fitting bearing now fitted in the heel fitting and ready to go back on the boat.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

The last of the dirty jobs done on the outside of the boat

Never a every clean job, however, once its done, its done for a year 

Blue is always better than a green bottom on a boat 

Also got done today which fitting the fish finder sonar unit on the Transom and running the cable through the boat to the upper console,. then fitting the new VHF ariel so that the owner will be able to talk to the marina and the local coastguard and get other information while out cruising.

The work on Monday will be to connect up the  rest of the water system and get the water discharge pump fitted in the shower tray andsort out the bulkheads in the shower compartment. Then the list of jobs will start to get smaller.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Making a start on putting the toilet compartment back together again 

 The builder plate with the boat number on it, this one is 1216 which makes her an early Hardy 25 with a deep keel used for inland and coastal short runs unlike her sister ships with a little short keel and large stern drives.

One of the custom locker / seats which had to be made to fit the area left after the boat had a change of fuel tank sometime in the past. The same is true of the Helmsman seat / locker which itself a custom made seat /locker to fit as the the area was not the same as a  standard Hardy 25 cockpit layout

The home for the hotwater heater to run the shower and the sinks in the toilet compartment and the galley

The engine number to be able to get the bits for the engine conversion to run the hot water heater while underway or away from shore power.

The patch work repairs are starting to appear

The patch work starting to appear under the deck sheathing 

Some parts are glued down and screwed and other areas are nailed down and glued and others are just nail gunned down

Most of it soon far is reasonably sound 

Other parts nor so much  with extensive rot in the gunwale and deck beam and the plank  

The yard's latest Finesse 24 deck renewal, the opening stages

The same problem as come to light, the edge are rotten from lack of sealant on deck furniture and the water as found itself getting under the sheathing  

The aft deck is a different plywood to the rest of the plywood on the and as been renewed at some timein the past which the rest of the deck as not been as the aft deck is screwed down 

I clean cut between the two deck plywood on a deck beam, a good idea if the gap between the side of hull and the gunwale was filled in to keep the joint watertight.

The side deck  is nailed down and no sealant  in evidence. 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Fitting the brackets to the bottom of the cockpit lockers/ seats and sorting out the position of the toilet in the toilet / shower compartment

Fitting stainless steel angle brackets to the bottom of the cockpit locker /seats so they are fixed to the cockpit sole with heavy duty brackets so they do not move when out at sea on a rough day 

Re0fitting the new toilet in the toilet compartment to see how it is going to fit in the newly designed compartment 

The headlining panels going back up and starting to look more like a boat than a work in progress.

The first of the headlining panels going back into position 

Then the next headlining panel at the cockpit end 

The large centre panel 

The one over the galley area. Now they are up in position the lights can be re-connected 

One half of the cockpit headlining panel going back up into position  and once all the wiring is sorted in the roofspace the second panel can go up position

Thursday, 13 June 2019

The cockpit seat / lockers now having the vent for the fridge fitted and the door catch and finger pull fitting fitted and given its last but one coat of satin varnish.

Door catch and finger pull fitted and glued in position 

The fridge vent fitted to finish this lockeroff 

The lockers rubbed down and given a coat of satin varnish to finish off the varnish work and when fitted in the cockpit of the Hardy 25 will be given their final coat of stain varnish.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Fitting the chain plates into the hull of the Morgan Giles and starting to Gelshield the bottom

Having cut the slots in the deck to fit the tops of the chain plates through the deck it is now time to bolt the plates to the side of the hull before glassing them in position once the tops are finished off and the toe rails are finally fitted down 

All bolted through and down and now time to fit the toe rails over the chain plates coming out through the deck

The first coat of Gelshield applied and now the filler being applied  to the starboard side 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The Hardy 25 windows now sealed and trimmed

The windows are now sealed and the inserts fitted 

The port sides done 

Then the front and finally the 

Starboard side

All done and the boat can now be washed down 

The cockpit locker/ seats now made and trimmed and the start of the chain plates being dry fitted

The cockpit lockers / seats now finished with all the edges trimmed and covered with teak edging tape and ready to varnish

The first of the lockers/ seats varnished with its first coat of thinned varnish, just five more to go 

The fridge locker all varnished with its first coat of thinned varnish,just has to have the top and bottom vent holes to cut so when the fridge is working there is a flow of air over the cooling plates on the back of the fridge unit 

The port side locker being varnished before cutting out the doorway

The tops being varnished before fitting them down when the lockers are fitted in the boat cockpit

Starting to fit the new chainplates into the new position on the hull of the boat and through the deck of the boat.

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Hardy 25 cockpit seats being glued together and then edged trimmed

The fridge locker /helmsman seat being glued together and then it will be edged trimmed and then the fridge will be fitted once they are installed in the cockpit and wired up to the 12 volt and shore power on the hardy 25

The co-pilot seat being glued together as well and then the door will be cut in it and then a shelf will be fitted in it 

The Morgan Giles 30 getting its first coat of Gelshield Treatment

Starting to  roller and brush on the first coat of Green Gelshield

The starboard side coated up apart from the areas which need re-glassing the old skin fittings which are going to be drilled in different place when the interior is re-designed 

The port side painted half way 

The last part to be painted 

The bottom now coated up and now as to cured and then the epoxy filler can be applied and the its then time to sand the filler flat and give the bottom a smooth finish once again.