Thursday, 31 October 2019

The holes for the old skin fittings now filled and fibeglassed over and the aft starboard bulkhead getting dry fitted

The three holes for the old skin fittings now fibre glassed over and just need a light sanding on the outside and the areas gelshielding when the patch under the stands are done

Just needs to cure before Gelshield is applied 

The bulkhead just needed to be cut out a small amount to get through the hatchway. The rest of the cut out will be done once the bulkhead is finally fibreglassed into position 

The cabin is now starting to look and feel a a lot smaller once you start putting bulkheads in position

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The Cornish Crabber refit well underway

The port side is now well on its way to be sanded down ready for it to be resprayed at a later date when the rest of the work is completed. 

A start as been made on the starboard side so it will not be long before this part of the job is out of the way.

While the outside is getting done the inside is getting all the old bulkhead matting and filler is being removed so that the new bulkheads can be fitted in position on fresh fibreglass.

It isa very dirty job, however, once its out of the way the job will be a lot cleaner and straightforward as there will be nothing in the way to stop bits fitting the boat in the correct position

The speedboat repairs going into the painting and fairing stages

The repairs have the screw holes filled with epoxy filler and sanded down, it is now ready for a coat of primer to show up any uneven areas which will need to be filled and faired before any more paint is applied to the hull.

The repairs looking good after they are painted with the primer and now the hard work of sanding down this coat so that the hull can be painted back to it final coats of white gloss 

The paint shows off its speed boat lines 

This bow photo shows off it slim lines which show off its easily driven hull shape 

Monday, 28 October 2019

The wooden speedboat repairs

Now that the bottom panels are now faired into the rest of the bottom it is time to give the bottom area where it as been sanded down a coat of epoxy resin to seal the new wood and the sanded areas 

Once this epoxy is curd then the bottom will be sanded back and a coat of underwater primer andspot filling will takeplace.

The Cornish Crabber repairs now underway and the shed build over the boat

The boat is now in its new position ready to get underway with the hull being sanded down ready to paint at a later date 

The mobile shed/workshop now being build over the boat so it can be worked on over the winter

One of the first jobs to do was to clean out the inside of all the buildup of dirt that as collected over the past few years 

Now can see the outlines of the old bulkhead position and now time for taking a lot of photos and measurements 

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Empty yard but not for long

Now that the Finesse 24 as gone back to its owner, it is time for a good clean up in the yard and a sorting out of anything that is rubbish or can be removed 

So over the next few days it will be a good time to sort out what is really needed in the yard and what can begot rid of, as itas not been done for sometime and a job that needs to be done before the weather turns really bad for the winter.

The Morgan Giles 30 hull skin fitting glassing up and other holes that need filling up as they are no longer needed in the original position

The perspex backing pad while the holes are glassed up with fibreglass on the inside  

Each other holes is getting filled up with every increasing pieces to build the layers so that the level is back to the original thickness to the surrounding area 

The old instruments being glassed up to the surrounding area before glassing over the whole area so it is back to the original thickness all over the area.

The Finesse 24 ready to be transported back to its owners mooring

The finesse 24 is mainly finished and ready to go back to its owners mooring and to be winterized and covered up for the winter before she is launched in the spring ready for the new sailing season

This is the third Finesse we have had this year and now We are ready to do another Finesse where it is a 21, 24, or 27.We have now got patterns to fit each of the decks and got a price get out for each of the deck.

on her way back to her owner for the winter

The speed boat repairs continuing

Making patterns to make the outer panels for the repairs to the bottom of the speed boat 

Having made the pattern for the portside it was a matter of dry fitting this panel before gluing it in position and then make the starboard panel and gluing them both in and then sanding and fairing the bottom before sorting out the transom edge and then priming the whole bottom and building up the paint layers before turning it over and doing the deck repairs and sorting out the engine installation 

The outer panels now glued into position and wedged down where necessary to hold the edges down to marry up with the original bottom.

Once they have cured then the whole bottom will be faired and the bottom epoxied before the hull is painted and turned over to get on with the repairs on the deck and in the cockpit area and the engine reinstalled.  

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Grinding the interior of the Morgan Giles 30 ready to glass up the redundant holes in the bottom and the superstructure

Grinding round the windows to a feather edge so they are ready to have the perspex panels fixed to the outside so to have something that is there to put the gelcoat on to and then lay up the fibreglass

Once they are filled up with fibreglass it will be time to remove the perspex and then sand and fair the outside surface ready to paint the superstructure.

The same grinding been done to the holes in the bottom of the hull, an area the size of a dinner plate, which will start off as a 3 inch circle and get larger until the thickness of the repair is the same as the surrounding area 

A odd patch appeared while grinding this area. it appears to be an old instrument panel hole that as been filled in the past and only come to light now that the owner wish to have the three holes for the last engine instrument glassing up.  

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The inside of the Morgan Giles 30 the list of jobs ahead are many, however they will be done in a logical order and will get done over the next few months

The first job is to vacuum the inside and mark out the position of all the main parts and the holes that need to be glassed up in the bottom before any bulkheads can be fitted in position and glassed into position.

One good use for the old cabin floorboard, it makes a stable platform to work off when fitting out the inside. the only thing to do is to make it a little wider to be able to fit a small work bench in the middle to hold woodwork while shaping it to fit the hull. 

 The old floorboard just needs to be about a foot wider on each side to make it a useable platform, a job for the morning and get some more lighting to make working on the inside easier and safer.

The foredeck area where there was a piece of plywood laid in the area, it would be better to lay it up with layer of fibreglass until it is the the same level as the surrounding area and then gelcoat the whole area before the whole deck is painted when the yacht is nearly finished.

The cockpit it now in need of a good cleaning up and any holes glassing up and surfaces filling and fair ready to be painted later in the yacht refit.

The Morgan Giles 30 bottom finished and now ready to make a start on filling the reduntant holes in the superstruture

Now that the bottom is finished apart there the cradle legs are on the hull the bottom is ready for antifouling when the rest of the yacht is ready to go back in the water.

So after the superstructure was given a good vacuuming down it was time to set out the list of jobs to get the holes filled up and the best way to do this job. The window holes are going to have perspex panels which will be waxed and  fixed to the outside of the superstructure, then gelcoated  on the inside of the perspex and then glassed up on the inside until the thickness is the same as the surrounding supersturcture and then the outside will be faired in to the rest of the superstructure. 

This hole will be done in the opposite way that it will be laid up from the bottom until the hole is almost filled and then the top will be gelcoated and then faired to the same as the rest of the cabin top 

The smaller holes will be filled and faired from the top and a couple of layer of fibreglass glassed on on the underside 

The cockpit holes will be done in the same way as the window holes, the only holes that will not be filled will be the two cockpit drain holes which will have drains that will fit flush in the bottom of the cockpit sole so it will drain correctly