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    Default The Restoration of Mai-Star II for a second time

    The restoration as come about because I have not been able to keep on top of for her yearly maintenance as much as I have been able too. The first restoration was done to get her back on the water as quickly as possible after she had been out of the water for over a decade and the planks had dried out a great deal and the first job to caulk the planks lightly and with a great deal of linseed putty get her afloat and moved to a half tide mooring.

    After she had taken up enough to move her again, she was hauled out and the hull sorted out. At this point she was with out a deck, So then she was transport to a barn of a local farmer so that the deck could be fitted and the first of many ribs were replaced that time round. There were about 14 out of 30 ribs that needed to be replaced, some were broken and other had patches of rot or both.

    Also at the time the cabin sides and deckhead needed to be replaced as well, so that was a further job that needed doing during the first restoration. While that was being done there were a few lengths of planking that needed renewing as well.

    So all in all it was a major restoration the first time round.

    This time the deck, the cabin deck head, more ribs which now need renewing the cabin berths, bulkheads between the cabin and the cockpit, the cockpit coamings, some of the sawn frames and the deck carlins and the two deck beams either side of where the mast originally when through the deck and the side deck beams and the top of the transom as well and both the sheer stakes.

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    This time round I got a temporary workshop built over her in my own yard

    The framework tent is going together slowly but surely and it will be getting it covered shortly



    The framework now finished and the cover put over the boat so that work can begin to get the cabin sides and front off the carlins and in the workshop to be sorted an jigged up ready to put back on the boat when all the deck beams and side deck beams and carlins are remade and the cabin can be fitted on a stable deck structure




    Now that the cover is in place it is time to get the area under the boat clear of any rubbish that will stop from being able to get to any of the under water parts of the hull where it is a needed to get to remove and replace any fittings



    The cover is a close fit to the boat, however, there is enough space around the boat to get to the necessary parts to come off and replace them when it is time to do it.




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    The original carlins are past their usable life and are being removed to make way for new carlins and beams that will be fitted in much the same way as the original parts. The only difference being that the tie rods will be made out of a nonferrous material


    The carlins beams position were all measured before they were removed so we know where they all go, so when rebuilding the deck structure they will all go back in the same position


    Both ends of the short beams that are fitted to the beam shelf are fitted with a half dovetail joint which is the way they are going to be refitted

    The wood on top of the beam shelf is all going to be replaced with new hardwood so that the deck beams and deck will have a good sized area to get fixed to when it time to relay the deck


    The forward part of the deck is good condition just needs to be faired up after the new top strakes are made and fitted





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    Now that the carlins are removed as well as the wood on top of the beam shelf,it can be seen how much work is going to be needed to sort this area of the deck beam structure.




    Apart from the old iron fixings there appears to not be much wrong with the beam shelf that a small piece of grading will not put right

    This is the only small area that is in need of repairing







    The top of the transom looks like it is going to need renewing as it is in a poor condition on the starboard side, so before any work is done on the deck. It is going to have some major work done to the transom


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    This is the first section of hull that needs rebuilding, the port side forward of the mast which in the past as had the most damage and repairs done to it over the years with all but two frames and a single rib not needing to be replaced






    The starboard side ahead of the mast as faired better with just a couple of ribs and a single frame that need replacing




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    Default Re: The Restoration of Mai-Star II for a second time

    Having sourced a supplier for my green oak and larch it was a matter of having to pick it up from the timber yard the only problem was it was in another part of the UK, 200 miles away from my yard.




    although there are knots in the first piece the patterns for the frames use the grain pattern to let the grain go in the direction of the curve of the frame


    The other plank as a lot straighter grain and it is good for making ribs,which so far are about ten ribs down the port side. There are sure to be more as we go along.However this plank will make a good start in making new ribs




    An use for a speed boat trailer, a good timber carrying trailer as well.



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    The next job to do is remove the sheer strakes and then will be able to sort out the top parts of the frames which are rotten and also gain access to the ribs as well to be able to put them in from the top. I will at the same time remove all the cabin berths and galley and sink areas as well Also while stripping out the cabin the cabin sides and front and deck head will be removed to gain access to the inside of the cabin and to make it easier to do the work on the inside of the hull and to refit the deck beams, carlins and the beams beams for the fore hatch without the cabin being in the way. So over the next few weeks and months in my off days from work i am going to be busy with getting the yacht back to its bare bones again. in much the same way she was when she was being build back in 1939.

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    Default Re: The Restoration of Mai-Star II for a second time

    Thanks for the report. Good for you for taking on this big project, it would be the death of many boats.

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    Hi John,
    Over the past 43 years that I have been a boat builder and the boatyards I have worked in. There have been a lot of motor boats and yachts I have been involved in that have been in simpler or worse condition than my yacht and have brought them back from the brink of the chain saw. I remember when I was an apprentice myself and the boatyard which I did my apprenticeship at had a yacht that came in for a full hull restoration. All that was left of the original hull was the two top planks. the rest was rotten. in that case we hung the yacht deck and cabin from the roof joists and then dismantled the hull. every other rib and every other plank. then took the hog and keelson and the fin keel off. Then replaced fin keel and the hog and keelson on to the new planks and ribs. The job was quiet a long job, however, it was interesting and showed me what could be done when you have the correct equipment and a master boat builder. There have been a number of boats and yachts I have done over the years but never quiet as far gone as that yacht.

    However, I will see how far my yacht is, however it will not be such a big job. Will live in hope.

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    Default Re: The Restoration of Mai-Star II for a second time

    I have seen a really dead boat revived too. (Though my own repairs have been more modest)
    When I worked in Oyster Bay NY, they were rebuilding the oyster sloop Christine. I think the only parts they saved were some keel timbers, and those went on the next go round. Unfortunately, I've also seen better boats cut up or abandoned.

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