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    Well the new project is finally under way.
    She is an old girl from 1905 and has been somewhat neglected recently.
    Removal of her garboards showed the horror of her rotten/rusted steel ribs and seriously deteriorating hog...


    But she has some interesting history and a quite beguiling shape; so we have 6 months to get her floating again. The interior, and maybe some exterior cosmetics will have to wait, just concentrate on structure and seaworthiness for now.


    I'll be asking for advice, and posting with some details of specific stages, but the day-to-day of the restoration will be posted on her blog
    http://www.therestorationofanoldlady....blogspot.com/

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    Very pretty

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    Worthy undertaking!! Little by little.

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    Best wishes ...... looking forward to reading your questions and seeing pictures of your progress.
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    Sorry to say but a shovel is the proper tool here. I have more than once seen rotten frames and floors shoveled onto a dock floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feazer View Post
    Sorry to say but a shovel is the proper tool here. I have more than once seen rotten frames and floors shoveled onto a dock floor.
    Well the preferred tool to get a look at the keel bolts was the shop vacuum!

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    Dont coat the stainless with Epoxy. in order for stainless to retain its integrity it needs to breath. the electrolysis can be controlled with a little tool fishermen use called a black box. basically it allows you to tune the voltage of the boat. nice thing to have when the zinks are going in 6 months. lovely project; mind i dont like the boat but the project is nice.

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    Very interesting shape indeed Doc', I look forward to following this.

    The practice of using 316 SS for the resorations on these boats is intriguing. I assume the restoration society know what they are on about and have considered this quite thoroughly to go down that path. i think they key will be being fastidious in making sure that the welds and cuts are properly passivated and polished before they are fitted.

    Does the society have a web site Doc? I'd be interested in reading more about them
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    Wow, what a project. She's got a beautiful shape. Certainly a worthwhile undertaking.
    Interesting the use of pine. You said very resinous. I wonder if it's similar to our Long Leaf Yellow pine here?
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    WOW ... just ... wow ... I hope you can do it! And you CAN do it. So JUST DO IT!

    Good luck!!

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    That's the longest and fattest bowsprit I've ever seen but I really like the way it is faired into the hull.

    Seriously, that is a serious overhang at the bow. Is the stern similar? What is the length on deck and the waterline length?

    Those old classics sure are beautiful, though.
    Goat Island Skiff and Simmons Sea Skiff construction photos here:

    http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...esMan/?start=0

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    I look forward to this. The use of stainless (316) in substitution of the current ribs sounds very interesting, given what many here feel about stainless on boats.

    Good luck, a most intriguing rebuild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynard38 View Post
    Wow, what a project. She's got a beautiful shape. Certainly a worthwhile undertaking.
    Interesting the use of pine. You said very resinous. I wonder if it's similar to our Long Leaf Yellow pine here?
    No idea, I'll try and find ( or cut) a nice clean piece and leave it up to the experts here. But part of the garboard that wasn't rotten smelt like fresh cut pine as I was cutting with the tiger saw!

    Quote Originally Posted by MiddleAgesMan View Post
    That's the longest and fattest bowsprit I've ever seen but I really like the way it is faired into the hull.

    Seriously, that is a serious overhang at the bow. Is the stern similar? What is the length on deck and the waterline length?

    Those old classics sure are beautiful, though.
    38ft overall, 22ft waterline, 9ft wide... A little pic of her stern...


    Quote Originally Posted by mikefrommontana View Post
    I look forward to this. The use of stainless (316) in substitution of the current ribs sounds very interesting, given what many here feel about stainless on boats.

    Good luck, a most intriguing rebuild.
    This has been keeping me up at nights... But in the end the decision was made for me before I got involved. Stainless is the "best practice" for restoring these compound ribbed hulls here in sweden. It is that which is recommended by the surveyors and builders associated with the "restoration society" for these boats. And the current boat building students learn to use this - and she will have a future after me.

    Quote Originally Posted by brad9798 View Post
    WOW ... just ... wow ... I hope you can do it! And you CAN do it. So JUST DO IT!

    Good luck!!

    Brad
    Thanks for the confidence!

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    Doc first understand the whole project , then file that information , then take on one part , and use it as a templet , and create a new piece , before long everything is ready to reassemble , and it becomes fun again



    Only took a day or so to build this floor , because the old floor made a good templet .



    I prefer bronze to work with , it does not warp up when you weld , and is easy to cut and form . The material cost is higher , but I think you make up for it in fab time . Stainless (316) is my less favorite material to work with .

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    This will be interesting!

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    Forgive me if this has been covered. It looks like there is a line of weakness where the frames change to steel in a line. Would it be good to have extended the new steel past the existing wood to eliminate this transition? Or perhaps straddle the area with something extending both ways in the line of the frames to brace them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingkiwi View Post
    Forgive me if this has been covered. It looks like there is a line of weakness where the frames change to steel in a line. Would it be good to have extended the new steel past the existing wood to eliminate this transition? Or perhaps straddle the area with something extending both ways in the line of the frames to brace them?

    No... Absolutely correct! The oak covered the steel to just past the second fastening.... But had to be cut away to get att the rivets! My original idea was to scarf a piece over the steel, but now I think a short oak sister will be quicker, easier and ultimately stronger.

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    Having nosed around a lot of old Swedish boats,i still dont understand the use of all this stainless. A laxkutter (fishing/motor-sailor) that i was interested in buying was loaded with stainless fastenings and fittings,however it was found after a short trail that diesel was leaking in the bilge,and after removing the two tanks,was found to have suffered "pock-marked" electrolysis.....in excess of 300 small pin holes,the tanks were junked,and i didnt buy it.

    Lutine ,renamed Lutine Of Helford, built for the Lloyds Insurance of London was rebuilt,and her steel frames replaced with galvanized frames and fastenings,as originally fitted.

    Swedes are well known for taking asthetics very seriously,it wouldnt surprise me if the use of stainless is to avoid the unsightly sight of rust. Personally,i wouldnt touch it,certainly not for frames.

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    She looks fast. Do you have any idea what her rig looked like? This should be an interesting thread to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stromborg View Post
    She looks fast. Do you have any idea what her rig looked like? This should be an interesting thread to follow.

    Steve
    She was built to The Universal Rule with a 66sqm gaff rig. Over the years she has also raced as a 75sqm and a 55 - which is her current rig. We will see how she performs with this rig, but during repairs we will build in the options to increase the rig or revert to a gaff.

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    Seagoing Maidie..?!

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    Steel and wood do not mix.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Legendary Yachts use steel framing on new construction. They fab all the frames from steel, including boring all screw holes, then send them out for Hot Dip Galvanizing, then coat in Coal Tar Epoxy.

    They also however, usually cold mold a hull around this framework, so water entry is pretty minimal.

    Bronze will be the "first class" method of doing it, but you'd have to get all Steel/Iron out of the boat so as not to introduce an excellent environment for dissolving all the new lumber you use.

    New protected steel and new lumber with care, will give you a life-time's use of a stout boat.

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    You mention in your blog how the keel bolts appear to be in good condition. Have you actually withdrawn one or two fully, to inspect their soundness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingkiwi View Post
    You mention in your blog how the keel bolts appear to be in good condition. Have you actually withdrawn one or two fully, to inspect their soundness?
    Not yet! The only bits I cannot inspect are approximately 3 inches through the keel plank - but as we have to replace the keel plank anyway... I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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    The first, "trial", pair of ribs fitted well... So I bit the bullet and pulled 10 pairs to be sent to the fabricators!
    This wasn't a hard job now the bilge is open, just tedious, cramped, and dirty ( the ribs in the counter will be a pleasure!). Pulled about 400 plugs out of the planking that is left, probably only 800 still to pull - for the steel rib jobs.
    Sadly found some more planking that is beyond saving - but the stern-post seems better than at first glance. The stem is in "dubious" condition, but much seems to be in a previous repair. The repair certainly was functional, but I am not happy with the way it was done and how the planking was fitted to it. Nor indeed the repairs on the planking at that point - two short planks butt joined at the same point in the port forefoot... The continuation of one plank is also very poor - so I'll cut back one and scarf in a new piece, the other will be replaced entirely. Now up to about 210m of planking to be done... Might need to treat myself to a new plane....
    Left a list of jobs for the owner to carry on with and returned home to see the family and catch up with some "work".

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    Is that a traveller for the headsail on the foredeck? For a boomed staysail or whatever its called?
    Love that small port in the forward hatch coaming.
    Last edited by floatingkiwi; 01-12-2012 at 02:11 PM.
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    (/Quote)Is that a traveller for the headsail on the foredeck? For a boomed staysail or whatever its called?
    Love that small port in the forward hatch coaming.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, the traveller is for a lazy jib self-tacker. Works fine for cruising with a 100% jib. Obviously with a larger sail for racing it becomes unmanageable.
    Here's a pic from her in better days:


    The ports in the fore-hatch coming are rather sweet. There is a fair bit of nice, original, hardware on her that will be a pleasure to re-fit into good wood. The only question is whether to polish and keep it so, polish and let it take on new patina, or to leave "as is".

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    Well the first of the half-ribs are fitted - if only temporarily. The planking they are attached to will, for the most part, need replacing. But they, and the planking, need to be there to continue with the frame and rib replacement. At first sight they appear very fair - but the proof will be when I get a batten across them. Then a little "tweaking" may be necessary!



    Inside they fit snugly to the planking:



    Larks, the restoration fund has this as a link: http://www.sskf.se/rf/ ... But sadly it is in swedish... But if you look through some of the restorations you will see the prevalence of stainless.

    Once these were in place we pulled 8 pairs of these half ribs and 3 pairs of frames. These went to the fabricators for re-making in stainless on tuesday - we got them back today! But both Oscar and I have too much on our plates to look at the boat for another week ( funny how wives don't understand the pressing needs of our mistress!)

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    It's cold on Gotland! Needed to remedy that in the workshop....

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    Interesting stove, seems like a good reason for Husqvarna to make chainsaws......make it easier to cut wood and more people will buy wood burning stoves....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Interesting stove, seems like a good reason for Husqvarna to make chainsaws......make it easier to cut wood and more people will buy wood burning stoves....
    I suspect that that stove pre-dates IC engines! From the time Husqvarna were primarily weapons manufacturers - "vapenfabrik".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Spoke View Post
    I suspect that that stove pre-dates IC engines! From the time Husqvarna were primarily weapons manufacturers - "vapenfabrik".
    Perhaps this stove was sold in a matched set with a Husqvarna 6.5mm Swede Mauser. One to invite the meal home for dinner, the other to cook the guest of honor.

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    What are the new ribs made of? They seem mighty thin when butted up against the old...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redeye View Post



    What are the new ribs made of? They seem mighty thin when butted up against the old...
    Stainless steel - same dimension as the galvanized that was removed... Quite a lot smaller than the oak!

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