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    A Finesse 21 which is in need of a new main deck



    The yacht is in overall good condition, however, it needs a replacement main deck as this as gone rotten in places and the best way to tackle this problem is to remove the whole deck from bow to stern and investigate the reason why it happened and ensure it does not return.











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    A part of the deck which as de-laminated as the plywood used was not the correct grade of plywood for the use it was being used for.









    A section of rubbing strake that needs renewing and a piece further along on the same side. The best course of action in this job, is to renew the whole length to keep its strength and when sheathing the deck, It will ensure the sheathing is held in position by a single piece of rubbing strake.









    A small repair needed to the edge of the plank.





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    The cockpit floorboards back down in position and a new engine hatch made to replace the broken one.



    The light coloured marine plywood panel are the bases for the cockpit seats









    The sliding hatch runners being fitted to the newly painted deck







    Once these are fitted the vertical wash boards runners will be fitted and the hatch way will be secure










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    Now the yacht is un-masked it shows off the paint work on both the hull and deck











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    Fitting the upper and lower deck and cabin roof trims to the Finesse 24
    One of the last jobs to do on this yacht before it is given back to its owner.









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    The trims all now fitted along the sides and now it is time to make and fit the shaped trims on the forward faces of the cabin and the aft face of the cockpit coaming











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    At last I have been able to track down my old yacht called J-Star which was the yacht that the company is named after, It comes from the first initial from each of the members of my family.

    At the moment she is up for sale.

    May be it is time to buy her back and use her my own use and have new adventures on her like I use have when I was a younger person and my parents were alive.

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    The boat beyond her looks interesting.

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    Hi Thad,

    Yes it looks interesting, however, the yacht in the fore ground is the yacht that I had for 20 + years and the yacht l travel up and down the east of the UK and across the North sea to France Belgium and Holland for many years.

    Regards
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    Sounds like a good relationship to me.

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    Simon, just buy her back! She is family.

    Pretty boats you get to work on.

    Regards,
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    Your projects are really moving along nicely Simon. (Sorry about the stay in the hospital, I hope things are going much better).

    That is great that you came across a piece of your past. That happened twice for me, the first one she needed to much attention for me at the time (and I was really too young to seriously consider), for the second one, I probably really should have done something, she was manageable and and and the work was 95% just paint and elbow grease.

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    The plans for the dinghy are on the notice board so that they can refer to it as they work on the dinghy with the help as they go through the stages of construction.



    The first stage was to level the hull fore and aft and athwart-ships so that any measurements can be taken off the plans and used on the dinghy.









    Setting out the positions of the side benches and thwarts







    Just putting all the parts in the bottom of the dinghy, so that the apprentices can see how many bits there are to fit in the dinghy







    Working together to do the rubbing strakes drilling out the fixing holes ready to fit on the dinghy





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    Having picked her up from her owner's sailing club, it was back to the workshop this afternoon to get on with the repairs to her leaking centreboard case and also to find out if the problem was due to any other reason around the centreboard area.





    So the first job was to turn the dinghy over on to its deck and so it will be possible to work on the keel and garboard plank area where the problem is most likely to be the root of the problem with its leaks in this area







    The first job was to remove all the brass keel band off the outer keel to expose the centreboard fixings







    The centreboard fixing are set about four inches apart and are 3 1/2 inches bronze screws ad having looked at the keel area many have broken heads or have rotted away after 50 + years and are in need of replacing







    There is also a bit of damage to the centreboard slot which will be replaced when the outer keel is renewed as part of the repairs to the keel and centreboard





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    Having picked her up from her owner's sailing club, it was back to the workshop this afternoon to get on with the repairs to her leaking centreboard case and also to find out if the problem was due to any other reason around the centreboard area.






    So the first job was to turn the dinghy over on to its deck and so it will be possible to work on the keel and garboard plank area where the problem is most likely to be the root of the problem with its leaks in this area








    The first job was to remove all the brass keel band off the outer keel to expose the centreboard fixings








    The centreboard fixing are set about four inches apart and are 3 1/2 inches bronze screws ad having looked at the keel area many have broken heads or have rotted away after 50 + years and are in need of replacing








    There is also a bit of damage to the centreboard slot which will be replaced when the outer keel is renewed as part of the repairs to the keel and centreboard





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    Having rake out the garboard to keel joint it was found that the outer part of the keel was not in good condition and in places damaged by age and rough handling over the years.



    So it as been decided that the best course of action is to replace the whole of the outer part of the keel with a new piece of mahogany and re-fix this to the inner keel or hog as it is sometimes call and also through fix it into the centreboard case at the same time. This way putting back some of the strength and shape back in the keel and take some of the hogging out of the keel shape which as set into the length of the keel.







    Most of the hogging as come about from the dinghy being left un-supported at the ends of the dinghy and too much blocking under the area of the centreboard case. This is a job that will need careful positioning of props and shores to correct and also re-fixing of the garboard plank to the hog/keel at the same time as fitting the new outer part of the keel or keelson as it is sometimes call.





    So the next job on the keel is to release all the centreboard fixings and then remove the outer keel and prop up the hog to its correct position before refixing the new outer keel piece and fixing the centreboard case back into position and at the same time refix the garboard plank to the hog to ensure the whole area is watertight again.

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    Busy weekend on the halcyon Dinghy
    Sorry no photos today, busy getting the fixing out of the outer keel on the boat. Many of the fixings broke off as they were being removed out of the outer part of the keel. Not usually seeing as they have been in place for the best part of 50 years and have been subjected a lot of movement and stress over these years.


    However some did come out and they were 3 and half inches long and were 14 gauge bronze screws. So at least we know the size of screws to put back in once the new outer keel is made and fitted.


    One job that will have to be done as a matter of speed will be to put the curve back in the keel as over the years, this as gone from the keel as it has been on different trailers and hauled up without supports under the ends of the keel to keep its shape.


    The result of this, as been that the keel is hogged n the area of the centreboard case and the fixings holding the garboard planks on to the inner keel have become lose and in some cases given up their job of keeping the plank in place and keeping the boat watertight in that area.


    So as soon as the centreboard case is out of the way the inner keel will be push back into its correct position and the garboard planks will be re-fixed to the keel after carefully clearing out the seam to make sure the plank will sit down on the keel and make the area watertight again.


    Firstly we have to release the outer keel and get it off the bottom so that we can gauge the size of the job to remove the rest of the fixings holding the keel in place. So its a long way to go to get the keel apart get it sorted.

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    The outer keel now removed from the bottom of the dinghy, there were areas where the fixings had given way and other that just would not move

    The outer keel came off in bits, however there are enough parts that profiles can be taken off to make a new outer keel

    All clean and now as to be given chance to dry out before the new keel can be fitted

    Just a few broken screws that need removing so that the new keel caqn be fitted neatly into the bottom of the stem


    Now the centreboard is off it is time to clean up the bottom edge to make sure it fits the inner keel and it can be sealed.

    The centreboard fitted on a bed of paint, however it was not the same all over the bottom face of the centreboard






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    The thwarts are now fitted and just have to be fitted with iroko edging to finish off the thwarts to the correct width.


    Starting to fit the aft thwart side benches







    Starting to fit the upper mast step into position and once fitted in position the lower mast step will be made and fitted on top of the lower part of the stem.





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    Progress on the Hardy 25 motor cruisebr />
    The battery compartment now neatly fitted battery leads for the systems and for the battery charger, So it can clearly see where each of the wires goes and its use. Now we have to make a new front and top panel for the compartment to match the teak faced plywood bulkheads



    The empty cockpit roof space which needs cleaning up and wiring and fixings for the different fittings fixed to the roof which will be under the linings when they go back up in position.







    The old roof panles from the cockpit roof space and the toilet compartment which are all getting new linings. The one in the toilet compartment will be vinyl to make it easily cleanable after the owner as a shower.







    The bulkhead and the hull cleaned of the old glue so that this area can be flowcoated with white flowcoat to make it easily washable as well






    The custom made shower tray laying in position, now as to have the battens fitted around the top edge to seal it is position



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    The thwarts are now removed to be edged and the bare wood on the inside of the dinghy is getting a coat of yacht primer.


    The top mast step now in position and the bottom is getting made and soon be fitted in the bow of the dinghy



    All the edges and the bottom face of the inner keel now clear of old paint and sealant and ready for the next stage of the keel repaibr />


    Drilling out the old screw holes to fit hardwood plugs in the oversized holes



    The pugs all glued in position just have to wait for the glue to cure and on to the next stage, collecting the new timber for the outer keel.


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    Having counter boring the old fixing holes in the inner keel it was time to glue in plugs to fill the old oversized holes so that the new screws have a tight hole to go through and make a good seal between the inner keel and the centreboard case.



    The ends have to be fixed in a different way as when the keel was first made the ends were screw together before the bow and stern knees were fitted.







    The centreboard case area needed all the holes plugging with new hardwood plugs. As this area as the most thwart-ships pressure on the two parts of the keel. So this area is going to have the most new fixings put in place to ensure it as the best chance of making a good seal between the centreboard case and keel.







    The only holes which have not been plugged are the screw holes for the inner and outer keel fixing holes which are going to have one gauge larger gauge screws fixing these two parts together and this time these will have sealant and paint between the two faces of the keel to ensure there is a good seal between the two parts of the keel.





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    The dinghy is starting to look better with a fresh coat of primer on the inside the hull and the oak rubbing strakes and mahogany upper mast step and top plank getting its first thinned coat of varnish



    The upper mast step starting to look better for a coat of varnish, just got to have 12+ more coats of varnish before it is finished









    All the thwarts having their edges trimmed with iroko to protect the edges from damage as this wood is harder wearing







    Now they are clamped together now have wait for the glue to cure and then plane the edges to the correct shape and size.





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    The inside of the dinghy now masked up and the undercoat painted above the masking tape line, the line is just a guide which will be equalled out when the final bilge and white gloss is appeared

    Looking better now that the white part is all white and as been over coated with white undercoat

    The transom in now sanded back to bare wood and is ready to be varnished again

    The first of many coats of varnish the hardwood is going to get over the course of the next few weeks.

    The thwarts getting the same treatment before being put in the dinghy after the centreboard case is made and fitted in the dinghy.




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    Hi Simon,

    lovely work you folks are doing, thanxs for keeping us updated, it really is a pleasure to see these boats getting a new lease of life!

    Greetings from Autumn in Germany

    Alan.

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    What a beautiful dinghy. What kind of rig does she carry?

    Thanks for this thread, it is fantastic.

    best

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    Hi Trevor,

    It is a dinghy based on a Coot Class dinghy, the rig it is going to have on when she is finished is a Balanced lugsail.

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    Hi Alan,

    I do have a few restoration projects on the go at any given time, the last one is now going to another boatyard which is nearer to the owner's home so he can finish her off over the winter and have her sailing in the spring next year. The next yacht in the workshop is a smaller sister ship to the Finesse 24 which is in need of a new main deck and a little TLC in the paint and varnish department and then it is off back to its owner's marina for the rest of the winter. Then once that is done the workshop will be filled with a 30 ft yacht which is in for a full restoration and conversion to a long distance cruising yacht for sailing in higher attitudes around Greenland and northern Norway.

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    The inside of the dinghy as now had its first gloss coat and now just needs one more to finish off the inside paint job.



    Then the gloss is now almost finished the varnishing of the gunwales and top plank can get their further coats







    The transom now coming along well, now it is just a matter of getting as many coats on the bare wood to build up the coats until there is a good gloss finish







    The thwarts are coming along well with more coats going on daily until they have enough coats to withstand a season use.







    Varnish work all over the workshop getting coats during the working day and if it is warm enough sometimes two coats a day.





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    Having collected the hardwood board for the timber merchants, it is now cut out of the board and shaped to roughly the shape and thickness of the outer keel. Now a fair amount of power planning to the correct shape and size to fit in the dinghy.


    The bottom is now all painted and is ready to have the new outer keel fitted as soon as the outer keel is made to fit the keel shape.




    The varnishing is coming along well and should be able to turn the dinghy over to paint the hull in a few days time.




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    The mock up of the helmsman seat to gauge it correct height and position from the steering wheel and engine controls. Now that it is made the measurements can be taken off and made out of teak faced marine plywood.



    The first coat of flow coat put on the aft bulkhead and the hull. Once it is coated again it will the teak faced plywood bulkheads covered in Formica so the compartment can be used as a shower and toilet compartment.







    The next job is the cockpit is going to be the aft locker lids which need edging with mahogany and fixing down in position ready to be covered with the same covering as the floor.







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    The finesse 24 outside ready to have its cover removed.



    The Finesse 24 being lifted on to transport to go to its new home in a boatyard near to its owner's home







    Just about to get on transport







    Finally on transport and ready to be strapped down and on its way.





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    The undersides of the locker lids getting their first coats of primer before being painted and then they will be edged while hardwood to protect the edges of the plywood.

    The fixed parts will be getting the same edging done to them as well







    The shelf fiddles getting re-varnished after being cleaned up and the old varnish removed.







    The foredeck covered over to keep the rain and weather off the deck area and stop water getting into the chain locker bulkhead.






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    One of the projects is the classic gaff cutter





    The other project is a Cornish crabber 24 which is in need of a full rebuild from keel to coachroof and from bow to stern.





    An ongoing project is the halcyon dinghy





    Finally the Mai-Star Class dinghy new build.








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    Next week it will be all change in the workshop and the yard, firstly the workshop will have a clean up with the dinghies in the workshop. They will have to be moved about to make room for the next yacht to come into the workshop to have its decks replaced with new marine plywood deck, this is as long as the sub deck is in good condition and not in need of too much repair work to the deck beams and carlins and fillets put between the top plank and the gunwales. This fillet pieces was done on the last Finesse 24 which had no fillet pieces. The fillet piece were put into give the outer edge of the deck something to screw to instead of the top edge of the plank and give raise to the deck becoming disconnected from the top of the top plank. Once the new deck is fixed down then the deck will be sheathed on the top and sealed from below then painted with non slip deck paint.

    Once the Finesse 21 yacht is in the workshop, then the two dinghies will be moved back into the workshop and work will continue on both of the dinghies one to have the outer keel refitted and the other dinghy to finish off and get it afloat and take it for a trial sail, while this is going on there will be other small boats brought in to have quick turn around work doing on them and then back to their owners to be winterized until next spring when they are put back into commission.

    Once the Finesse 21 work is completed then the next major project yacht will come into the workshop until next spring as this yacht is in need of a complete refit ready for it to going on extended cruising over the next few years in higher attitudes around Iceland Greenland and Northern Norway.
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