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    Re: Life's' a Gamble,so lets take a Chance

    This corner of the transom is a complete dogs dinner with so much misshapen parts that do not fit or should be there at all



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    Re: Life's' a Gamble,so lets take a Chance

    The rotten transom framework which be removed and the area patterned up and a new framework made up and fitted
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    Re: Life's' a Gamble,so lets take a Chance

    A photo of the port side aft and the sheerline is fairly straight and true as it would have been when Chance was build

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    The foredeck now all splined and ready to be glued down on a bed of thickened epoxy

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    It has been a while since I have worked on the Picnic boat, it is now time to set out the planks for the laid deck on the front and aft decks for the picnic boat

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    Re: My winter projects for this winter.

    Starting to set out the laid deck for the front of the Picnic boat

    It has been a while since I have worked on the Picnic boat, it is now time to set out the planks for the laid deck on the front...
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    Re: Life's' a Gamble,so lets take a Chance

    I agree with you on that score, the old fittings have many years of use in them and are made out of better metal than the modern sea cocks. I do believe these will be around long after the modern...
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    Re: Life's' a Gamble,so lets take a Chance

    This is the fore cabin sink out let skin fitting
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    Life's' a Gamble,so lets take a Chance

    As part of our restoration project when we are not at Chance is doing work at the workshop.

    One of the jobs is to restore the original Baby Blakes toilet back to working condition so it can go...
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    As part of our restoration project when we are not at Chance is doing work at the workshop.


    One of the jobs is to restore the original Baby Blakes toilet back to working condition so it can go...
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    Re: My winter projects for this winter.

    The outside now just as to have the rubber fendering fixed in position

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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Looking for volunteers to help us steam bend and fit new oak ribs in Chance. T.B.A. when I can get the time off from work repairing other peoples boats. So if anybody would like to come and help us...
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    Looking for volunteers to help us steam bend and fit new oak ribs in Chance. T.B.A. when I can get the time off from work repairing other peoples boats. So if anybody would like to come and help us...
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    Having looked at a number of designs of of similar boat of the period, The most likely interior is one from the pen of Harrison Butler. Because when Gadfly II / Mai Star II was build Anderson Rigen &...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Then look for some mahogany that is a close match to the original mahogany and then thickness it to the correct size
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    One of the many jobs that have to be done, is the repairing of parts of the interior which can be undertaken in the workshop back in Essex.


    One of the jobs is to removing the rotten parts from...
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    Re: My winter projects for this winter.

    The Yellow boat is coming along and the outside is coming along with the antifouling paint applied to the bottom

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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Next Trip to Woodplumpton, rebuilding the starboard quarter as the first stage in her restoration

    I have a busy time working on my day job looking after other peoples boats. Also trying to find a...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    After four to five months of fruitless searching for a replacement for my transit van, we have found a well suited replacement for the transit van. It will do all the things we need it to do and...
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    Re: My winter projects for this winter.

    The Pilot 14 has now turned to a bright shade of Yellow which the owner wish me to paint the boat from a very dark blue.


    So it begins from the grey to the bright yellow, it will be seen for a...
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    Re: My winter projects for this winter.

    First job was to mark off the waterline before starting painting the white undercoat

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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    It is now two weeks since we were at Chance in Woodplumpton and after some of the hottest weather we have had since 1976. It has been too hot to work at our normal rate until now that the temperature...
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    It is now two weeks since we were at Chance in Woodplumpton and after some of the hottest weather we have had since 1976. It has been too hot to work at our normal rate until now that the temperature...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    As I am going through my restoration of Chance, I would like to pick up some original bits and pieces which are missing from her. namely 8 inch brass Portholes, cleats, davits, stanchions, etc.. So...
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    Sorting through the parts taken of Mai Star II earlier and seeing which to use as patterns & what to get rid of.

    Sorting through the parts taken of Mai Star II earlier and seeing which to use as...
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    Re: My winter projects for this winter.

    The Morgan Giles 30 hull painting to continue doing with more layers of Hi-Build Epoxy Primer until the hull is fair and ready to paint its final orange paint



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    Back from my Travels to the North West of England

    Now that I have finished my travels to the North West of England, I can now turn my attention to working on Mai Star II and get on with her...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Last Week on Chance in Woodplumpton
    This last week in Woodplumpton was the fore cabin bilges cleaned out by my brother John so that they are clean of all the old bilge dirt, and mixture of dust, old...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Over this past year since we started our mission to restore Chance to her former glory and get her back on the high seas where she belongs. There as been some up and downs along the way. First, we...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    One bit if you can see it, is that the starboard side as dropped and the the sheer line shows that it as happened, so the starboard side is going to have to be propped up back into position until the...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    The upper part of the transom was made up of diagonal plywood, however, the bottom part was made up of athwartships layers of plywood
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    The way I first saw Chance a year ago and a job I was not looking forward to doing

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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    These are all the ribs from the aft cabin area,some are just short ribs, others are dry laminated ribs, that is to say they were steamed into position and not glued together before they were nailed...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    In the past the beam shelf was replaced but never fixed in place correctly and someone had done a poor repair to the deck and did not take the time to make sure to mirror the teak deck planking to...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Like any true Yorkshire man, where there is muck there's brass. the first wash was done with soap that was a by product of bio diesel

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    Busy week ahead on Chance

    It has been a fortnight since we have been up at Woodplumpton and it is now time to go up to Woodplumpton again for a weeks work on Chance.
    Now that all but the masts...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    Update of work underway on Chance over the past few weeks and our plans for the future

    This is an update to let you all know what we have been up to over the past few weeks and month. We have...
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    After the week away in Woodplumpton on Chance it is back to Mai Star II
    Now we have returned from Woodplumpton it is the turn of Mai Star II to get some of the work done to her.
    One of the jobs...
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    Planning for the next trip to Woodplumpton to start on the hull repairs

    This is going to be our first place we are going to tackle, the aft cabin on the starboard side with the worse area of rib...
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    A hearty breakfast at the local Costa Coffee and then off to Windermere

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    At last all the major tasks are completed on Chance and the reconstruction can start on our next trip to Woodplumpton

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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    This week has been a very productive week on the restoration of Chance with the removal of the water and fuel tanks out of the cockpit and the removal of the propeller shafts out of the stern tubes. ...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    The starboard fuel tank had to be moved along the length of the cockpit before it would move out into the centre of the cockpit ready to be craned out of the boat tomorrow. ...
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    The propeller shafts and propellers finally removed and now to get the stern tubes

    The propellers and shafts now removed out of the boat and on the pile of other scrapped items removed this time. ...
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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    The position of tabernacle and the hole for the chimney for the solid fuel fire in the main cabin and the only ventilation in the main cabin apart from opening the skylight hatches


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    Re: Life's a Gamble so we took a Chance

    A view from the very forward end of the foredeck looking aft to show the position of the deck hatches and the cooker chimney which is getting removed as it is not to be in that position or in the...
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