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    Now it is time to have a major clean up ready for the next job to come into the workshop, it is another re-decking job on a yacht.



    In the meantime the work on the outer keel section for the Halcyon dinghy continues while the dinghy is outside while we get the next boat in the workshop to start work on over the next couple of weeks







    Start of the clean up of the workshop





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    Removed the cover to help haulage company so that the cover does not blow off while it is underway to the yard



    Just got to get her lifted on to the transport as soon as the wind speed dies down to a sensible speed so making OK to lift.







    One of the jobs on the list to change the chain plate from deck U bolts to correct chain plates that are fixed down the hull.







    A bit of painting to be done while in the workshop along with the other jobs on the work list.









    A new rubbing strake for the starboard side, as it is better to make in a single section either than fitting small sections into the old rubbing strake.







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    After yesterday's strong winds it was a far calmer morning and early in the day the haulage company were able to move the boat to the yard


    Ready for its first lift of the morning







    Getting ready to strap it down for the short journey to the yard







    The empty yard space ready to put her before getting her in the workshop ready to get on with the work to get her decks removed







    Journeys end outside the yard gates ready for its second lift of the day.







    On the ground ready to put the roller under the keel so it can be moved into the workshop



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    Getting ready to get the mast off



    cleaning up the run into the workshop so that the planks can be put on the ground ready to lift the boat on to the planks and the steel roller to push her into the workshop







    Setting out the planks and rollers so it can be push along on the ground







    The mast off the boat and in the roof space while the work is done on the boat while it is in the workshop.





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    Thanks for continuing to chronicle your work! Good work and fun to see.

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    Thanks for your support in my chronicles of my work. Sometimes the old ways are still the best and as long as somebody is doing it the old methods of moving boats around will not be lose in the mists of time. Which is sometimes the case in other jobs that people do not know how jobs were done before machinery was around and when you work away from power.

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    Good to see! If nobody does it no one will know.

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    Over the course of Friday the old decks were removed by the owners with a helping hand from Simon. The deck was in a bit of a state. However, the deck beams and carlins and gunwales were in good condition apart from being very wet in places.


    The only major parts which will need attention will be the stern knees at the transom and a section of rotten planking amidships on the starboard side. This will need a section letting in once the extent of the rot is determine. However, looking at the area it should be quiet localized. The stern knees will have to be replaced as these are well gone and they are used as the securing points for the backstays for the mast and are needed to be in good condition to keep the mast up when in strong wind conditions.


    So the next job over the weekend is to clean down the deck beams and give them chance to dry out and do the repairs and replacement of the rotten items and then fit the noggins in between the top plank inside edge and the gunwales so the next deck as a chance to be fixed down to something other than the top edge of the top plank and the carlin and gunwale.


    This new deck will be fitted in a very simpler way to the deck on the Finesse 24 we have just replaced the decks on and have overlapping deck joints so the deck as a good chance to remain sealed and watertight. The old deck was 9 mm plywood, the next deck is going to be 12 mm and so it will be a lot stronger and will be fixed down with a lot more fixings than before.


    So over the next few days we have our hands full of scraping and chiselling to get the remains of the old deck off the deck beams and other places so that the whole area as a chance to dry out before fitting the new deck.

    Photos to follow as soon as I am get in the workshop.

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    One of the major parts of rotten wood in the yacht one of the quarter knees which is rotten towards the transom



    The rest of the deck came off well with just a few patches of good plywood, however for the main part it was very wet and rotten and just felt off.











    One of the many water traps on the deck which need to be sorted, this one is on the front part of the fore cabin which is angled towards the cabin front.











    The only so far piece of rotten hull planking.





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    Lovely thread, great boat!
    One of the most enduring qualities of an old wooden boat is the smell it imparts to your clothing.

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    Both the quarter knees at the top of the transom are rotten in different places, the reason behind this problem is lack of ventilation and the other is the fact the backstay eye bolts which are the pushpit fixing bolts as well as the backstays are being pulled up through the deck and knees and making it impossible to maintain a good seal round the eye bolts. Before the deck is relaid this design point will have to be redressed to ensure this does not happen again. Possibly by making chainplates that are bolted through the transom on strong backs as a way of maintaining the deck water tightness.



    The other area of rotten wood was on the top part of the starboard top plank amidships



    The final area of rotten wood was the transom deck beam which is rotten and as started to show through the transom in the area of the rotten deck beam, once the quarter knee is removed and the deck beam it will be easier to see how far the rot as travelled and how much work is going to be needed to clear the rotten wood from the area.





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    The foredeck now clear of all the old plywood



    The side decks as well







    If any of you are wondering what the yellow masking tape is doing on the side of the hull it is to mark off the positions of the u bolts for the standing rigging and where the new chainplates are going to be when the new deck is laid and the chain plate are going to be used instead of u bolts to fix the standing rigging to and stop another leak problem having a chance at rotting the deck as it did before as all the loading was on the u bolt trying to be pull up out of the deck and causing the deck to leak under the u bolt plates and causing the deck to rot.









    These pair of masking tape markers are for the position of the Genoa track position along the side deck and where they are presently screwed through the deck. This is a another possible leak and rot trap so this will have to be looked at to ensure this does not happen again when it is re-fixed to the deck once it as been sheathed.







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    The outer keel dry fitted and now ready to remove the keel and paint and then refitted on a bed of sealant.



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    The top part of the transom behind the deck beam is rotten from a deck leak that as spread to the transom.



    The rest of the transom is reasonably good condition







    The whole area is very wet and will take time to dry out.







    The whole will get a good sorting out and will be better when it is put back together.







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    Masking up the top of the hull so that any glue or paint goes on to the hull when laying the new deck later in the week.






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    A busy day down at the boatyard in the workshop while the weather is against us working outside on the other project in the yard waiting to come in the workshop later, most of them coming in in February or March next year. Both of the project yacht will have full restoration done on them. Then they will be out on the water for the late spring or early summer. In the meantime a number of smaller boats will be coming through the workshop over the winter months to keep the apprentices learning their new skills/

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    All the noggins are in place and are ready to plane off and level the top plank and the carlins and gunwales.



    The top of the hull and the cabin side are now clear of the old sealant and glue so that there is a clean surface for the plywood to glue down on to as well as sealing the edge of the plywood against the cabin side and on to the top edge of the top plank as well









    One of the jobs to do tomorrow is to set a piece of plank into the area of rotten wood which as been removed.












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    At the same time there will be repairs done to the aft deck beam behind the cockpit coaming and also the deck beam on the transom side after the area of rot is remove from the top of the transom.







    So there as been a lot done over the past few days, however there is a lot to do before the plywood arrives later in the week.

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    That rollering system looks awesome.
    I'd love to see that in action.

    Thanks again.
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    Hi
    It works well with a chain blocks and using the workshop uprights as dead men to fix the ends of the chain blocks too and the position of the uprights are in relation to where you need to change direction in the workshop to position any boat in the correct position to work on while in the workshop and use the upright in the same way to get the boat out of the workshop when the boat is finished. It is a method I learn to use as an apprentice over 40 years ago and as serve me well over the years. When other methods of have not been available to use for whatever reason. As an old saying goes if it works use however old the method.

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    Now that the keel is now fixed into position on the inner keel or hog as it is sometimes called, it is now time to get round to fixing in the centreboard case to stop the leak that developed around this area


    Now got to fit a brace across the centreboard case to the seat stringers to hold the centreboard case in the correct position to maintain the case in the vertical position so that the fixing screws go back into the case at the corrct angle and do not come out either inside the case or out into the inside of the boat.









    Now we have it on its keel the two ribs can be steamed into place as well












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    The dinghy is now painted and varnished and ready to have the final bit of masking tape removed and then when the varnish is dry, start to refit the thwarts and side benches fitted



    Now that the painting and varnishing is now finished the centreboard case can be made and fitted and the mast lower step can be made and varnished and fitted and then the apprentices can start on making the oars and mast, gaff and boom.





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    Now that all the noggins are fitted the areas where there is uneven surface as been filled and is getting faired up so that the new plywood will lay on the beams and gunwales and the top edge of the top plank.





    The repair on the side of the hull is now all machined up ready to fit the fillet into the space





    Just getting to the extent of the rot in the transom area so that we know how much to cut out to clear the rot in this part of the transom.


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    The start of a long overdue yard cleaning going underway



    Scrap wood being cut up and then off to get put in a person wood store to be used in his wood burner.







    Starting to clear the way down the side of the Classic 1930's yacht so that it can be worked on over te winter and into the spring.







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    Cleared the area next to the Hardy 25 to put another boat or any other item that needs to be worked on in the yard


    Cleared the area behind the hardy so that it is easier to work on the back of the boat, as there is a bit of work to do on the transom


    Clearing the area between the container and the front wall so this can be used as a short mast rack area


    The wood piles sorted into soft and hardwood, so in future will be able to get straight to what is needed easily.

    The next boat into the workshop as this needs some engineering work on the propeller shaft bearing


    Trailer full of firewood and a bit of scrap metal.


    Next week it is going to be busy with patterning up the new panel Finesse 21 deck. Then it is the centreboard case refitting on the Halcyon dinghy and then a small engineering job on the motor launch in the yard and then get the MG 30 in the workshop for the next three months. So the yard is going to be busy for the next few months.

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    The thwarts are now in the Ma-Star Class dinghy and just waiting to get some grown oak to make the thwart knees and the breast hook



    Here are the transom knees that I had from the Mai-Star Class that was built









    The jasmine is now on its keel again and is having the screw holes cleared out ready to fit the centreboard case refitted.







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    The motor launch work as got underway and the first problem to overcome is the badly fitting propeller on the propeller shaft.

    The first problem was the propeller nut was not fitted up against the propeller boss.


    Once the propeller was removed from the shaft it became obvious what the problem was, the propeller was tire on the key and not on the shaft so that the propeller would not fit on the shaft as it should do.







    The inside of the propeller boss discoloured where it was not fitting the shaft correctly.






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    The garboards planks have not been nailed to the hog/ inner keel as the the rest of the planks with nails and roves



    So in order to help to seal the garboard planks on to the hog/inner keel the garboards are now getting a line of nails with roves along the hog/inner keel to strengthen this joint and stop the garboard plank leaking between the hog and garboard seam.







    The row of nails now done to stop the leak and strengthen the joint and seam.





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    Now the centreboard case is refitted the two ribs can be steamed and nailed in position and all the thwarts can be refitted.



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    Using the traditional tools to mark off the shape using plywood strips fixed together



    One such pattern used to mark off the plywood to make the new deck







    The two panels that make up the two centre sections of the first layer of the new deck







    The two side of the yacht now having the new panels final fitting to the cabin sides and once fitted will be sealed on the under =side with epoxy resin.









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    thank you for the day to day work in your shop. certainly looks like a fast operation.

    jim

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    Hi Jim,

    I try to keep the work coming through the workshop at a reasonable rate to keep my client's boat out of commission for as shorter time as possible and keep my apprentices getting to learn their new skills on a varied number of different types of boat and their construction. Also to keep me up to speed of modern materials and methods of construction and regulations about working environment. I have to keep the yard clear and tidy and the workshop too. The yacht in the workshop is having a new deck fitted and it is going to leave the workshop and go back into commission and do some local winter sailing in the local area. Then have a bit more work done in the spring when the weather is better.

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    Gluing the new section of plank in the top plank to repair the area of plank that was rotten from the the rotten deck above the area.



    The repair now planned down to the same as the surrounding area and just waiting for the glue to cure overnight to do any final sanding







    Fitting the deck panels







    The two portside panels now screwed and temporarily screwed down and the outside edge trimmed back







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    Cutting the rotten area out of the transom





    The rotten section cut out and ready to make a new piece to go back into the area







    Putting a batten on the Transom to cut a straight line to make the edge level.





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    The area round the main sheet horse fixing hole which is a bit rotten



    Cut out the rotten wood and then clean up the area before gluing and screwing a new piece into position







    The new piece glued in place and now just needs planing and trimming up and then the doubling piece can be fitted to strengthen up the area as it is a little under spec to take such loading on a small area.







    The first deck panels being sealed with epoxy resin to ensure the deck is seal from underneath







    The corner of the transom is is good condition now the rotten wood is removed and now can be left to dry out a little and then get sealed with epoxy resin before the whole area is put back together again.





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