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    Cool Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    Now the spring is here, it is all hands on deck to get these new projects done and back to their owners for the spring sailing season.

    Now at the yard, so now the refit can begin with sorting out the major jobs





    The small outboard as been neglected for sometime and will need a good overhaul to get it back up and working again.







    A number of gelcoat repairs to do around the boat mainly on the aft end where things have been removed over the years







    The dashboard in need of sorting out and the wiring needs checking over to ensure the systems are working and where not replacing





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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    The first major job to be done is to remove the chain locker bulkhead and replace the bulkhead with a new bulkhead.




    The damage to the bulkhead is on the chain locker side where the plywood as been damaged from repeat inpacks from a large mud weight while it was used on the Norfolk Broads and has over time broken the plywood down until it started to leak.





    Now that all the cushions and berth top boards have been removed the extent of the job is easier to assess. The only odd thing is the bags of sand around the water tank and the water containers in the front of the boat.







    The first sight of the job ahead to fit a custom shower tray in the area ahead of the toilet. A bit of brain storming ahead







    A bit of a leak on the port middle window.









    Brain storming will be well be needed here to make the best of the available space, first thing to strip out the whole area and made wateretight.to make it into a shower and toilet compartment.







    Bird;s nest soup of wiring which over the years has been added too and never sorted out. This will be one of the first job for the Electronics team to sort out next week





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    Like a lot boat that over the years as equipment fitted to it, there is no time taken to remove old wiring and instruments that are no longer working or are outdated by new equipment. So it is time to take the bull by the horns and sort this mess out and get it up to a strandard that is fit for working in a modern boat.



    The first job will be to sort out the 240 volt system from the 12 volt system and make it safe to use. Firstly by putting the batteries in a battery box that is vented.







    Change the 240 volt system so it is up to date and safe to use.







    The main job is going to be sorting out the locker into a better designed area with all the services to hand a easy to use.









    Sort out the 240 volt sockets around the boat and put them in areas where they are not exposed to the elements





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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    Sort out the engine bay electrics so it is not just at run of odd wires going in all directions









    Also take out equipment that is not being used or is outdated that there are no spares available for them.

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    The fuel tank is now out of the boat and in the workshop to inspect the bottom of the tank to see why the bottom was fibreglassed over.



    The inside of the fuel tank to try and clean out. If it can it would be good if after inspecting what is under the fibreglass matting does not give us any headaches.









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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    Quote Originally Posted by jstarboats View Post
    The fuel tank is now out of the boat and in the workshop to inspect the bottom of the tank to see why the bottom was fibreglassed over.

    The inside of the fuel tank to try and clean out. If it can it would be good if after inspecting what is under the fibreglass matting does not give us any headaches.





    Unless there is a drain sump built in condensation will lay on the bottom under the fuel and corrode.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    Just updated my jstar boat services website to show what new projects the company are presently undertaking and the exciting job opportunities for a young person to become a boat builder within the company. The photos are of projects currently undetaken be the company. The work is challenging and varied and no two days are ever the same. So if you feel you are up to the challenge, call Simon on 07585506960 or send him your C.V. to jstarboatservices1@gmail.com.

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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    This week the owner of one of the boat's in the yard paid me a visit from the south west part of the country to discuss work on his boat and the list of work to be done. He took the cushion from the boat to get done near to his own area and so giving me more room in the workshop for other work.


    Another owner came down to give me a few bits to finish off his boat which was finished off this morning with the steering getting sorted out on the boat with a change in position of the steering cable and a change in the way the steering was run through the boat and on the outboard motor end as well.


    An old motor launch was picked up from another boatyard to be cut up to make garden furniture for its owner.


    Also this week the engineering team refitted an engine in a yacht the team were working on so that the new owner can sail it back to his home port over the next few weeks after he is more familar with his new yacht and feels happy to sail it home with his crew.


    Also while out and about the engineering team had to service an engine which was in a boat that would normally be easy enough, however the engine was fitted into the boat with the engine in the boat with the front of the engine facing far not forward as would be the norm. So it made fro interesting changing of parts which would otherwise easy a bit more difficult to do. It is not the first one that the team have come across and i am sure will not be the last. The same it true of the boat we have in the yard at the moment as it is one of this boats sister ship with the same engine setup..


    While this as been going on there as also been time to put a few things around yard in better places and sort out the stock laying around the yard and put them in a more origainsed pattern for all the employees know where to go to get tools and stock from and not to waste time looking for things.


    While out and about working one of our client's boats we had to remove a section of rubbing strake which I fitted 31 year ago while I work at the boatyard where the boat was orginally build and the only reason it was being replaced was it had been damage while it was ashore during the winter, so it was an easy job to replace as I still had some of the section profit laying around the yard from another one of these boats I had worked on in the past.


    So next week it is going to be as busy if not more as the owners start to want their boats and yachts afloat and back in commission for the sailing serason.

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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    Did you manage to sort out how to install a shower ahead of the biffy Simon? That space is so small it would be tight for an anorexic flamingo.

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    Default Re: Now the spring is here, the spring projects are underway

    The shower will fit in that space as I have done it before on one of those boats in the past, the only thing you have to do is use the toilet seat as a seat to shower yourself and then stand up to wash yourself down to finish off. It is small space, but on any boat space is tied and you use what you have in the best way possible.

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