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    Default My winter projects for this winter.

    This year I have two projects that I am doing one project is to restore an old 1960 Enterprise and the other is to build a new clinker 11ft dinghy.

    The Enterprise is a boat in which I started sailing in as a young child and is a boat close to my heart. When I was given it, it was in a rough condition, however it was useable for a couple of years. However, age caught her up and it was time to call it a day on its sailing days until the restoration was completed.

    That is where I am now. I am removing the hull panels and renewing them.


    The other project is to build a new clinker dinghy as a tender for my other restoration project from a few years ago which was a East Coast Gaff Cutter from 1939 which was found in a back garden on the banks of the River Thames in need of a lot of TLC.

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    A busy productive winter ahead!

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    Hi Thad,

    I hope it is a productive winter ahead and I get all the work done that I would like to get through and then enjoy the spring next year sailing my classic gaffer along the East coast and creeks.

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    And, a very worthy goal/incentive!

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    The thread as been a bit quiet for a while, This is because there has been a lot of things going on in my life that as stopped me posting updates on the thread. However, things a little better now and some of the projects that have been put on hold can now start up again. One being the Enterprise dinghy. another the new wooden dinghy I have been building over the past few years and my own yacht and its tender which now I can get back too and make some headway on.

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    First the apprentice had to mark out the piece of ash he was going to use for the shaft for the paddle


    The apprentice cutting out the blade blanks


    Once all the pieces with cut they had to be put through the planner thicknesser to get them to the correct size

    The make a start on making the shaft round by using the same method you use to make a round mast from a square piece of wood



    Having cut the blades for the paddle leaving on a bit for cramping up which once the glue as set can then be cut to close to correct size to plane and shape the paddle.
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    The second apprentice learning to use hand tools as chisels to shape the shaft of his paddle



    Carefully using a paring chisel to continue to shape the shaft of the paddle near to where the blades are going to be glued on to the shaft to continue the next stage of the making of the paddle.







    How the shaft of the paddle started







    Now getting closer to the finished shape







    Now sanding the the final high spots off the shaft





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    Excellent! Nothing to it but to do it.

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    Hi,

    At last the weather appears to be settling down a bit after Storm Doris and we can start to get boats moved around and get on with some of the boats that have been laid up over the winter that are in need of some TLC to get them back on the water. There is the work's dinghy and the Enterprise dinghy both in need of some serious work to get them back on the water. The time scale is short on both these boats as both need to be on the water by Easter.

    The work's dinghy is in need of a new plywood back pad on the inside of the transom and a new plywood fore deck and forward locker floor and the centre thwart refitting and a set of floorboards and a fresh paint job on the hull.


    The Enterprise needs it deck sanding down and re-varnishing as well as inside of the hull needs re-varnishing and the floor needs repainting with anti -slip paint. then the rigging needs renewing both standing and running rigging. Also an inspection hatch in the front bulkhead to keep the forward area dried and air flowing round where the Dinghy is not sailing.

    These jobs and work on my clients boats and yachts during the week and my old gaffer to get finished off and sailing again this year. So it is going to be a busy few months ahead.

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    An Enterprise in need of a good bit of restoration and a good drying out before it can get re-varnishing on the decks and inside before it can get refitted




    The decks need a good rubbing down and re-varnishing




    The port front spray rail needs to befitted and the deck fittings will be complete



    Now that it is in the workshop and out of the weather then work can re-start on the Enterprise


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    Sanding back the decks to bare wood



    After the first sanding

    Same being done to the foredeck




    Coming up to a good surface





    Foredeck coming back to a good condition, just need a lot more sanding before several coats of varnish

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    Today the first coats of thinned varnish were applied to the decks and they have come up quiet well after they were sanded back to bare wood.


    Just a lot more coats to go before the thicker coats of varnish can be applied






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    Got the most difficult quadrant sorted and sealed down



    It as been a long job and at time difficult however the end result is worth the time











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    One of the main jobs on the inside was to clean down the painted bottom panels and wash down the varnish work so the work can start on getting the inside sorted.



    A bit of elbow grease and some washing up liquid and a scrubbing brush and it is a whole lot cleaner and ready to be worked on when it as dried out over the weekend







    The varnishing on the decks is coming along well with the surface now building up the layers







    Rubbing down between coats and then applying more varnish







    A long job, however, the end result will be worth the hours of rubbing down and varnishing when it is finished





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    The Enterprise restoration is coming along well with the deck now finished off apart from the final coats of varnish towards the end of the restoration. Now we have made a start on the inside of the Enterprise scraping and sanding down the inside and fitting the inspection hatch in the front buoyancy tank and now have the two drain holes in the bottom and then fit the drain plugs. The seats and aft thwart have come out to be sanded down and re-varnished, when finished put to one side to be stored until the rest of the varnishing is finished in the dinghy, when it will be refitted in position.That is going to be sometime as the inside needs a lot of sanding and re-varnishing. There are a few items to go back on the deck especially the front spray rails and the mainsheet traveller and the jig sheet fairleads and the front handles.

    The mast and sails will need some work as well. Mainly the mast as this needs a complete overhaul with standing and running rigging needing to be replaced, the pulleys need to be removed, freed up and replaced if need be to ensure when we go sailing it all works correctly and there are no breakages.

    So although we have come a long way so far there is a long road ahead to get the enterprise back on the water.

    We have to find some new buoyancy bags to go under the seats and behind the aft thwart, so going to be a trawl through the internet for these as well as the rigging. So happy hunting on the internet for these items.

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