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    Having got the lower half of this MerCruiser outdrive unit it was in a sorry state





    Full of dirt and other rubbish










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    After undoing the bolts and nuts holding down the water pump upper housing found the root cause of the engine cooling problem, the water pump impeller totally U/S little or no blades left behind






    Even the upper housing is U/S as it got hot and as mis-formed itself and so as the lower plate






    Now got the new parts on order should be up and running again



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    Had an away day in Kent, fitting a new set of Windows and seals in a Hardy Family Pilot, In my job you can get called to do jobs all around the country. One it could be Kent like today. Other times I have been asked to go to Scotland before now to sort out boat repairs. So I am truly nationwide when it comes to doing boat repairs and restorations having been in the marine industry for over forty five years , there is not much I have not come across and have been able to repair or restore. Long may it continue, I always like a daily challenge from every it comes. It keeps your mind active.

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    The condition of the impeller when the leg was removed from the boat, one melted and misshaped impeller




    The boat getting a quick wash down before going back to its owner




    Just be getting a wash and polish





    It got a small auxiliary outboard for getting into small spaces








    The engine leg back on the upper outdrive unit this was a challenging job

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    First shape the moulding pattern to fit and then cut the moulded baffle plate







    The moulded baffle plate released from the plywood panel








    The baffle plate cut to fit the inside faces of the tank









    The top panel released from the moulding panel and ready to cut to size and shape








    The pattern being used to make the pattern the correct size and shape before cutting the panel. I cut the inspection hatch holes to be able to fit the top in the correct place once it is cut to size.








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    First stage of fitting the baffle plate in the water tank

    Having set up the position of the baffle plate in the water tank it was time to sand down the faces of the baffle plate and the water tank face where the baffle plate is going to be fibreglassed in position






    The next job was to mix up some epoxy resin with filler powder into a thick paste








    Then spread it so it makes a radius at the base of the baffle plate so that the fibreglass can go round the radius curve and adhere correctly to both faces



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    The Enterprise dinghy to get spruced up ready the sailing season, along side the Enterprise dinghy is the Mai Star Class dinghy which needs a sprucing up has well, The Mai Star Class dinghy also need to have a mast and boom and gaff making along with a rudder and tiller. Then it5 will be ready to go sailing as well.







    Another job awaiting restarting is the Cornish Crabber which had to be stopped over the winter and spring as the cover was destroyed in the winter gales and I am awaiting a replacement cover to arrive so that the cover can go back over the boat so the work can be started and the beams can be fitted and the refit can continue.








    Some of thepartsd out of the boat that need sorting and repairing as necessary







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    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







    The deck fairing to continue until it is fair and ready to get painted with Hi-Build epoxy primer and then a deck non slip covering




    This pilot 14 is getting a overall colour change to be yellow all over






    This former sailing whaler, which for a time was a lady's rowing gig is now being converted into a motor launch for its latest owner to explore the local rivers and estuaries around North Essex.



    These have all been long term projects which hopefully will be coming to a close in the near future and so to make room for further projects to come into the yard.

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





    It a large area when you have to paint the whole of the hull and the superstructure






    Just about halfway round and it is looking better, when this is done leave for a couple of days and then paint the yellow gloss paint






    The superstructure finished off




    Now back to where I started. Just got to wait for the paint to dry.



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    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 distance away




    The colour is bright, however you will never missing coming towards you from now on.








    It will need a second coat to cover the white undercoat, however, I did not think it was going to cover with just one coat




    Finally finished the first coat. Put the second coat on tomorrow



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





    Now the bottom as been painted it breaks up the mass of yellow paint




    The back does not look so overbearing with the black antifouling covering the lower part of the Transom and the stainless steel on the outboard well also breaking up the mass of yellow paint




    Once the black rubber fendering is bolted along the hull to deck joint the whole boat will not look so overbearingly yellow




    Just got to order the bolts and washers and nyloc nuts to blot this black fendering to the hull



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





    Now the bottom as been painted with a coat of antifouling paint the waterline is well defined




    When the black rubber fendering is fitted it will break up the mass of yellow paint into a more understated yellow




    Now the cockpit s painted grey it is looking a lot better





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    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 and aft decks for the picnic boat





    These thin planks of Mahogany will make up the major part of these deck with a thin strip of light wood going between the planks to look like a traditional laid deck




    Setting out the planks to get an idea of the amount oplanks that will be needed on both decks




    The first few weighted down with lead weights to keep their position while the forward ends are cut and shaped to fit the deck capping




    The starboard side planks cut and fitted




    Making a start on the port side




    Once these are all cut and fitted the insert will be cut and fitted between the mahogany planks


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





    Just the centre round the filler pipe to finish off




    The aft deck all set out ready to be glued down after the aft deck is glued and screwed down






    This will set off the deck well when thiy are sanded and varnished as they are not teak





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    After a long period of doing other work, now started to apply more coats of Hi-build epoxy primer to fair up the hull.





    This is the first of three coats of Epoxy primer before the undercoat and then the final coat of custom orange top coat




    The hull is getting fairer with each coat of hi-build primer, just a lot of long boarding with sandpaper so we finish with a fair hull ready to apply the finish coat.




    now just need to let this coat cure and then apply more coats.



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    The hull is getting coats of hi-build epoxy primer so that the hull can get faired up ready for the final coats of orange paint





    There are a few more coats to apply to the hull, however in the meantime the deck of the boat is in need of the same treatment with coats of hi-build epoxy primer to seal the decks after they have been repaired and in some places major work as been done on them.




    So while the hull cures between coats it will be time to get on to the decks and clean them down after months of not working on them and set to work on getting them ready to coat up with the first of three coats of epoxy primer.


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    The decks are now getting the same treatment has the hull, now the decks have two more coats on the decks and now this will cure over the weekend and then there will be a bit of spot filling where it was not filled enough when they were sanded earlier.





    The deck will now be filled where needed and then will get extra coats to buildup protection




    The deck are a lot smoother and will be able to stand up to a lot of hard work over the next few years.



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    Starting with a drawing from the owner and looking at the dimension's and seeing they were a little under spec, We decided to increase some of the dimensions to give a safety margin when putting the tiller hard over in a blow





    Having done that we decided on the final size and shape and the tiller was born





    The tiller was made up of mahogany and ash strips epoxy glued together




    An amount of shaping then took place and the finish shape was made and the hand grip area made into a comfortable shape and size




    Now starts the long process of building up layers of varnish until the correct number of layers of varnish are achieved



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    First job was to more all the plywood from behind the boat so we had enough room first sand down the transom and then to paint the transom.





    Having moved the boat up the workshop and gaining enough room to set up the staging to sand the transom.




    Thefirst coat of three to go on the transom to make the paint thickness to the same as the rest of the hull.





    The new top coat arrived from the supplier so when the hull is ghost coated with a coat of black paint and then sanded back this will be ready to apply to the hull.



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    It has now come to the stage in the refit to think about doing the hull re-painting. It can be seen that the Morgan Giles 30 was once an orange hulled boat, Which it is going to be again, however, it had to go through a transformation first.





    First we had to paint several coats of Hi-Build epoxy primer to the hull after we removed the old paint system off the hull and did any necessary repairs and modifications to the hull during its long refit.





    So it has come to the time when after the coats of Hi-Build epoxy primer have come to an end and it is now time to flat back the epoxy primer back to a smooth finish ready to start the repainting back, you guest it back to orange again. however, it is a different shade of orange this time




    The ghost coat of black paint as been sprayed all over the hull which now as to cured before we sand the hull down back to a smooth grey colour before coating it with its first coat of orange




    So there is going to be a few hours of sanding the hull ahead for us over the coming days before we are ready for the first coat of orange.






    So let the fun begin









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