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    Finally the crane operator feels it is okay and is ready to make the lift





    There Chance is in the air and over the low loader and being moved into position








    Finally on the low loader trailer and just needs the props putting into position








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    The company I use for any of the big boats I need moving round the country and always give a first class service




    There Chance goes out of the yard which has been her home for the past 2 years and now on her way to her new home in Walton on the Naze in Essex



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    The company I use for any of the big boats I need moving round the country and always give a first class service




    There Chance goes out of the yard which has been her home for the past 2 years and now on her way to her new home in Walton on the Naze in Essex



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    Chance arrived at midday and was offloaded at the local marina boatyard where is in now laid up ready for the major works to start in the coming weeks and months to come.





    Now Chance is near to my workshop work should be easier and be able to be done at a faster rate than before.




    She will be well protected from the elements as she is low down with high banks around her




    Chance is going to be supported a lot better now with many more supports under her in better places and keep her in the correct shape




    This part of the stem is going to need some attention when we get round to this part of the restoration and may have to do a bit of investigation into why this as happened and sort this problem out


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    The once proud boat is once more looking to the future with renewed hope and a second chance of making the high seas once more



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    Chance now safely chocked up in her home for the duration of her restoration. Now it is time to build a framework over her to keep the weather.





    At least now we can get all the way round Chance to work on her at any angle




    Another James Silver in the same yard



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    Chance now safely chocked up in her home for the duration of her restoration. Now it is time to build a framework over her to keep the weather.





    At least now we can get all the way round Chance to work on her at any angle




    Another boat every like a James Silver in the same yard, however, this boat was built a far miles away in Govan near Glasgow

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    It has been just over a week since Chance made her way down to Walton on the Naze and little in the way of work has been done on Chance. The weather has been against us with it raining most of the time since Chance arrived in Walton on the Naze. Hopefully now the forecast is for a few days of dry weather we should be able to get on to Chance and empty out the bits that came down from Woodplumpton on the boat.
    The wood that was put in the aft cabin and the tools and tool boxes we had in Chance when she was in Woodplumpton which now have to come out the wood to go under the boat and the tools returned to my workshop so they can be used to continue the restoration of Chance.
    So I will continue to sort out the transom framework and put the correct shape back into the starboard side and so it mirrors the port side which is still in its original shape and what the starboard side will be after the old framework on the starboard is removed and the Hull is aloud to move freely back into the original position.

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    It has been just over a week since Chance made her way down to Walton on the Naze and little in the way of work has been done on Chance. The weather has been against us with it raining most of the time since Chance arrived in Walton on the Naze. Hopefully now the forecast is for a few days of dry weather we should be able to get on to Chance and empty out the bits that came down from Woodplumpton on the boat.
    The wood that was put in the aft cabin and the tools and tool boxes we had in Chance when she was in Woodplumpton which now have to come out the wood to go under the boat and the tools returned to my workshop so they can be used to continue the restoration of Chance.
    So I will continue to sort out the transom framework and put the correct shape back into the starboard side and so it mirrors the port side which is still in its original shape and what the starboard side will be after the old framework on the starboard is removed and the Hull is aloud to move freely back into the original position.
    The transom as it is at the moment





    These parts have to be removed so that the whole part of the hull can move




    All these pieces of wood will need to be replaced with new framework once it is back in the original position






    Also we will be sorting out the aft cabin to fore cabin starboard beam shelf which needs removing and replacing with a piece of oak and also make up some new knees and deck beams along the starboard side deck then make up new ends for the large aft deck beams or if the deck beams are to far gone make new deck beams up.to the same pattern as before.Then we will relay the teak deck after the sub-deck is made to make the deck watertight.The first bit of deck will be the aft and the two aft cabin side decks so we have a good safe deck to work on.


    ~Now all we need is a few dry days and many hands to get the work done.

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    Good to see the progress. I'm enjoying following this -- not a job for the faint of heart!
    -Dave

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    Hi Dave,
    Chances'restoration is not for the faint hearted people, However, she is well deserves a second chance to be on the high seas once more. Having been in the traditional boat building world for over 45 years it does not hold any problems I have not seen at sometime in the past and will be able to overcome in one way over another. The first job is to sort out the transom and its framework and then go on to sorting out the beam shelf and the deck beams along the starboard side which need replacing as a past repair was done poorly and as caused a lot of problems with shape of the boat especially the sheerline. This is because the replacement beamshelf and knees were not re-fastened to the hull frames with bolts and the knees were the same way not fixed to the beam shelf, therefore, the whole repairs was not fixed together and the deck and deck beams were just floating in fresh air and when we stood on the decks the decks moved. So that's our work for the next few weeks, removing the teak laid deck and then getting to grips with the beam shelf the short side deck beams and starboard aft cabin carlin at the same time as re-build the transom framework and putting in a new transom. Happy days ahead!!!

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    Yer a brave man Charlie Brown.
    without freedom of speech, we wouldn't know who the idiots are.

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    Hi Wx,
    I am a brave person and have a supportive family behind me and a good group of friends who will be helping when they can along the way with the project to see it through to the end.

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    We have at long last been able to get to Chance and start working on her. Last week was a wash out as it did not stop raining long enough to get any work done on her. So it was a matter of doing planning instead and getting things sorted for this weekend.
    As you can see if you become a patreon @ https://www.patreon.com/Chance_1948 in that video the amount of work on the first day was not a lot, just removing bits and pieces out of Chance, also removing some of the rain that got in the boat as we have not had chance or the money to get a large cover for her yet. I have got a number of trestles and boards which I had spare in and around my workshop and yard. These are just the right height to work on the beam shelf and the deck. Now they are in place we can get on with the major repairs on the beam shelf and the sides decks.
    One job we will have to do is to shore up the aft deck and support it while we repair and replace the the whole deck structure over the coming months and also the transom framework before we are able to renew the transom skin once more.
    So today was sorting out a few things in and around the boat and tomorrow it will be sorting out the boat some more and laying a new temporary floorboards inside the boat so we can work on Chance safely.
    So now the major work begins.

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    News from Chance Restoration HQ on what the team have been up to this week

    It has been a busy week at Chance Restoration HQ, because the last few days the weather as been not so good for working outside, we took the chance to sort out the parts of Chance we brought back from Woodplumpton when Chance was transported down to Essex.
    There was a large amount of parts that were loaded in the two box trailers, some of it is little more than firewood, however, there are a number of important bits which can be used as patterns and others that need cleaning with degreaser and then cleaning down to get rid of any oil and grease before drying off in the workshop before being repaired and re-painting and putting away or putting back in the boat. Such items such as floorboards which need to go back so we can walk around the inside safely.
    One of the items that was brought back was the over a ton of scrap iron which made up Chances internal ballast. This will need sandblasting and then coating with epoxy tar and then stored and when the time is right re-fitted to the boat in the bilges in boxes to keep it off the planking and hog.
    One of the jobs high on the list of jobs is to get a cover over Chance as soon as possible to keep the rain out of the boat and get the boat dry so that work can be done on the inside at the same time as work is getting done on the planking and the transom.
    One job we have been doing this week is removing the deck hatches on the foredeck and aft deck of Chance so that these can be repaired and in some cases replaced as they are to far gone to salvage as they are either rotten or broken. Once the bases are removed the holes can be filled with plywood blanks and sealed until time when the deck hatches refitted to the restored deck.
    Another job we were doing over the past few days in work on the transom by removing the old rotten framework from the port side so that I can pattern up the shape of the port side which we know is correct and then turn the pattern over to the starboard side which we know as moved out of shape.
    Once the portside pattern is made and turned over on to the starboard side then we can prop up the starboard side of the transom back into the correct position and then the new transom framework into position and fix the planking to the new framework to hold the transom and that part of the hull back in the correct place.
    At which time we will be able to steam in the new ribs which will further hold that part of the hull in the correct position. However, they are jobs for another day.
    First get the boat more watertight from above and make the transom pattern to get the back of the boat sorted out.












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    Having removed these lids off the butterfly hatch bases at the weekend it was time to dismantle the lids so the extent of the damage if any was present in the lids





    The surface needed to be given a heavy sanding to get rid of the grey surface oxidation and the moss that had grown on the surface after years of neglect.




    Once the splines and putty was removed from around the glass it just needed a little pressure and light tapping with a leather hammer and the glass came out of the frames




    Then it was a matter of cleaning out the old putty from the frames to let the frames start to dry out after years of neglect and lack of varnish and a lot of TLC that they need them to keep looking good






    The four lids now sanded down and ready to put on the selves in the workshop to dry out until they are ready to be restored along with the bases which are still on the deck of Chance. Once we have got the bases removed they will get the same treatment as the lids and then left to dry out until they are needed to be refitted later in the restoration project.



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    Chance inclusion on the National Register of Historic Ships UK

    This certificate shows that the National Historic Ships UK see Chance as meriting inclusion on their register of Historic ships has Chance is of merit as Chance is a historic ship of note and as such needs to be restored to her original condition and preserved and restored. To this end we are in the process of trying get funding for funding bodies in the maritime sector to help us achieve Chances' restoration and have her once again sailing the high seas.


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    We were going to go down to Chance this morning, however, the weather is against us working on Chance itself today as it is very damp and wet on the boat especially the decks, which are like an ice staking rink as it would be not good to work on even if it was dried later on in the day.
    So it was decided to do some work around the workshop instead. Since we had been working on the deck of Chance removing the butterfly hatch lids and the aft hatch lid and bring them back to the workshop. Simon has had a chance to dismantle the butterfly hatch lids and remove the glass out of the hatches and start to sand down the hatches removing the moss and other discolouration on the outside faces of the hatches to get back to the clean teak under the discolouration on the surface of the lids and remove all the old putty and sealant holding in the glass into the frames.
    The butterfly hatch lids are in good condition given the fact they have been neglected for the past 20 years without any maintenance or teak oil or varnish to protect them from the elements. This is not going to be the case from now on when they will be given a lot of TLC. The aft hatch is in a bit of a poorer condition as it as been messed about with over the years and at some point repaired without checking what it was made from before repairing the hatch. As you can see from the video the base of the lid and the covering boards of the hatch are both teak, however, the repair is made out of mahogany which when sanded down is a completely different coloured wood. The hatch itself has broken apart at the joints as it was not glued in any way and just relayed on tight dovetail joints and dowel pegs to load it together. All these joints and pegs and the biscuit joints on the repair have now given up the ghost and Simon will now rebuild the hatch and recut the biscuit joints and clean and glue the dovetail joint and then re-assemble the hatch lid frame using modern glue and also new biscuits and teak dowels to ensure the hatch is going to be strong and fit for its job once it is back fitted to the base part of the hatch.
    All the bases of the hatches have yet to be removed from the boats' decks which is proving to be a bit of a difficult job as they are well fitted on the boats' decks as they are screwed up from below the decks through the deck beams with 5 inch bronze screws which a being difficult to remove and in some case impossible.
    So Simon is having to cut between the bottom of the hatch base and the deck beam and cut though the screws to release the base from the screws holding the hatch base in position. Having done that the hatch is still not coming off the deck beams as the edges of the hatch bases are caulked as well which is also holding the hatch bases in position. So the next time I am down on Chance and working on the hatch bases hopefully we should have a result with the hatch bases coming off the deck beams and be able to come to the workshop for some well overdue TLC and sanding down.
    In this our 119 video you can see Simon has his hands full with a number of other projects in his yard. Not all boat projects car restorations as well the latest project body repairs to a Mk 1 lotus Europa.


    So you can see Simon is a busy man,he is not working on Chance with his family and friends in his spare time..
















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    The original Baby Blake toilet has been removed from Chance to under go a complete overhaul and be brought back into commission with new parts that are still available from the manufacturers of the Baby Blake toilet who are still in business to this day. A major result, a new Baby Blake toilet is over 4k to buy today. The repair kit is a little over 200.00 so it is no contest. Repair the toilet.





    The same goes for the diesel cooker, the replacement parts are going to cost in the region of 250.00 from Canada where the cooker was originally made and the parts are available from the Manufacturers Dickinson who have been very helpful with getting the spare parts we are going to need to repair the cooker to full work condition




    This is the galley area which has been stripped out and with a bit of re-organisation, the cooker will be fitted in this area.



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    The original Baby Blake toilet has been removed from Chance to under go a complete overhaul and be brought back into commission with new parts that are still available from the manufacturers of the Baby Blake toilet who are still in business to this day. A major result, a new Baby Blake toilet is over 4k to buy today. The repair kit is a little over 200.00 so it is no contest. Repair the toilet.





    The same goes for the diesel cooker, the replacement parts are going to cost in the region of 250.00 from Canada where the cooker was originally made and the parts are available from the Manufacturers Dickinson who have been very helpful with getting the spare parts we are going to need to repair the cooker to full work condition




    This is the galley area which has been stripped out and with a bit of re-organisation, the cooker will be fitted in this area.



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    Some of the work that can and will be done over the winter will be to tackle the shelves full of parts that came out of Chance before she was transported down from Woodplumpton down to Walton on the Naze for her next stage of her restoration.
    There are a number of drawers that came out of different parts of Chances' interior, some of the drawers are in poorer condition than others. Some will just need a couple of parts re-making while others will completely apart from the drawer fronts which is the only part that can be re-used.
    Other parts such as steps just need stripping of old varnish and sanding down and new varnish applying. One job that is going to be interesting is going to be making a new saloon table from scratch. I will have to source a set of the plans and make a replacement table,





    After a lot of taking with people in the know about the diesel cooker and whether it was worth replacing the worn out parts that had given up the ghost and after a long decision making process. It was decided to order the new parts from Dickinson in Canada and get the cooker sorted and up and working again. Then refit the cooker in the galley area after the galley area is re-designed to make it fit and be user friendly. Then put the cupboard back in the saloon where it was originally positioned and make the saloon look like it was when Chance was originally built



    Another job is to see if it is possible to reuse this original fuel system and if so it will save a lot of money not having to buy a new filtration system for the replacement engines. As one engineer friend once said to me you can never have too many fuel filters in a boat engine system.
    So as the long night are here we will be busy in the workshop get boat wood work sorted and repaired ready to put back in the boat at a later date when the hull and deck repairers are done.

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