View Full Version : Progress pics - 1938 x 50'

03-04-2004, 05:15 AM
I couldn't go to the Sydney Wooden Boat Show this weekend without a couple of photos of where I'm up to with Grantala - a 1938 WL Holmes 50' sundeck cruiser to an AM Deering (Chicago) design. This was featured in Rudder in July 1937.

This is her today


We have replaced everything above the gunwhale except the cabin beams and the cabin top for the forward and main cabin. I've only got 3 coats of varnish on her so far - having just sanded the seal coat off (100 hours). The last coat isn't too good either - it was too hot when I put the varnish on. We have yet to fit the trims that cover a few joins, including the cabin top / side join. I'm of a mind to replace the windscreen - it was the first thing we did, and at the time I was going to paint the boat. We used White Beech, so I can't strip it back and varnish it.


This gives an idea of the door and window trim detail.


For the benefit of those who have heard of but not seen Australian Red Cedar - this is it. This dashboard is made from a few pieces my father got over 30 years ago (although I know where I can still get heaps). It only has two coats of varnish on it and is looking a bit hungry. I just wiped the dust off for this shot.

It gets a bit uglier down in the fornicatorium. There are four new floors, four new planks and 12 new ribs down in here that we did in January.


I am in the process of lowering the cabin sole by 4" to cater for my 6'5"+ frame. I'm a bit worried about ventilation and will probably fan force it.

The last shot shows the steering station, which is next on the list after the trim pieces. To the left of the steering station will be the gas storage, the top of which will double as a table top. We haven't trimmed the top of the wing piece yet, as it has to have a handrail / seat back added.


Lots still to do.


03-04-2004, 05:34 AM
Great! Thanks for the update.

Allen Foote
03-04-2004, 09:59 AM
Thankyou Ian, its good to see those and I hope the rest goes well.

Wild Wassa
03-04-2004, 07:53 PM
IG, serious boat Sir. I'll show your photographs to my friends, if you don't mind? One chap Frank, is a boat builder, turned TAFE lecturer. I'm sure Frank will be impressed, I'm expecting him to visit later today. It is good to have seen the photographs, awsome. She is big! I thought my dinghy was big.

I wish you cooler painting days, Skipper.


03-04-2004, 11:11 PM
:cool: nice lines