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Friday, 19 August 2016

Starting to make the seat moulds out of the seat plugs that came with the boat mould

Sanding down the plugs surface to make it rough enough to take the first coat of epoxy to seal the surface before sanding it down later to have a smooth surface.

First coat of epoxy applied just got to wait for it to go off and harden ready to apply the next coat and keep building up the surface until happy with the surface finish before going on to the next stage. 

Getting the aft seat ready to go through the same treatment as the front seat.

Aft seat sanded down and first coat of epoxy applied 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Getting back to work after a few days off,

Marking out fore hatch ready to cut joints 

Starting to make new toe rails to replace the old damaged toe rails on Mai-Star II

Here is one of the old toe rails using it as a pattern for the o
new toe rails

Getting on with the varnishing of the rubbing skates and new toe rails and painting chain locker bulkhead and the step locker lid

All the cabin floorboards painted now ready to go back in the yacht when the rest of the work in the cabin is finished

Rubbing skates and toe rails get more coats of thinned varnish building up the layers slowly

The step locker getting ready to be painted 

Step locker now painted with  a fresh coat of undercoat

Friday, 12 August 2016

Taking up the port side half of the foredeck on Mai-Star II

Marking out the areas between the deck beams so not to cut them while removing the deck

More marking out 

One major bit to remove from the fore deck,so to gain access to the two damaged deck beams below

Steel knee put in sometime in the past to connect the deck beams to the grown frames

This is the port side deck to hull steel knee before the deck is removed

Most of the foredeck is off now, just a small area beside the forehatch area to the cabin front left to remove.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Making new fore hatch while renewing the fore deck

Putting the old hatch on to a jig to set it up to make the new hatch fit within the size of the old hatch

The new fore hatch will still have many of the old features, however, a few may be modify to fit into the new design of the new fore hatch  

Getting the new fore hatch pieces planned and thickness-ed up ready to set them up to make the corner joints 

Which will be unlike the last joints which were just screw together as butt joints. 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The two apprentices and myself hard at work on Mai-Star II

The second apprentice checking out the standing rigging 

While the second apprentice is hard at work giving the topsides a second coat of Yacht Primer before doing some spot filling of the other side of the topsides 

Starting to do the spot filling of te topsides

There is a far bit to do this time

Finally got to the end of the starboard side

The rudder getting a bit of TLC as well

 The top as well as the bottom

Starting to make a jig to make the new fore hatch around 

Planned up and thicknesses one bit of mahogany to make the new fore hatch, just a few more bits to go  

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The last of the curved window frames glued together and the first of the sliding doors fitted to the boat

The last of the curved window frames made up and glued together 

The first of the doors being faired up ready to be fitted in position when the rest of the framework is fitted to the boat 

The second lot of curved door frames waiting for the glue to cured and so they can be machined up

The first set of sliding doors fitted to the boat, just need to get the window material cut and fitted and the rest of the door fixtures and fittings fitted.  

Now they are fitted the boat will be light and airy inside.