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Saturday, 21 April 2018

It has been a busy week down at the yard and on the road

This week the owner of one of the boat's in the yard paid me a visit from the south west part of the country to discuss work on his boat and the list of work to be done. He took the cushion from the boat to get done near to his own area and so giving me more room in the workshop for other work.

Another owner came down to give me a few bits to finish off his boat which was finished off this morning with the steering getting sorted out on the boat with a change in position of the steering cable and a change in the way the steering was run through the boat and on the outboard motor end as well.

An old motor launch was picked up from another boatyard to be cut up to make garden furniture for its owner.

Also this week the engineering team refitted an engine in a yacht the team were working on so that the new owner can sail it back to his home port over the next few weeks after he is more familar with his new yacht and feels happy to sail it home with his crew.

Also while out and about the engineering team had to service an engine which was in a boat that would normally be easy enough, however the engine was fitted into the boat with the engine in the boat with the front of the engine facing far not forward as would be the norm. So it made fro interesting changing of parts which would otherwise easy a bit more difficult to do. It is not the first one that the team have come across and i am sure will not be the last. The same it true of the boat we have in the yard at the moment as it is one of this boats sister ship with the same engine setup..

While this as been going on there as also been time to put a few things around yard in better places and sort out the stock laying around the yard and put them in a more origainsed pattern for all the employees know where to go to get tools and stock from and not to waste time looking for things.

While out and about working one of our client's boats we had to remove a section of rubbing strake which I fitted 31 year ago while I work at the boatyard where the boat was orginally build and the only reason it was being replaced was it had been damage while it was ashore during the winter, so it was an easy job to replace as I still had some of the section profit laying around the yard from another one of these boats I had worked on in the past.

So next week it is going to be as busy if not more as the owners start to want their boats and yachts afloat and back in commission for the sailing serason.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Busy Monday morning down and the boatyard and workshop

engine serviced and heat exchanger replaced and now ready to put back in its yacht.

The yacht it is going back into and the recommissioning the yacht and the engine over the next few days.

All change in the workshop with the Shetland Black Hawk outside ready to commission the engine and connect up the steering. 

The clinker workboat is not repairable so it is being stripped down for spare and then will be disposed of  

A fishing dory in for some large bit of TLC and a good clean down and a glassfibre repair to the hull.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Updates to my J Star Boat Services website

Just updated my jstar boat services website to show what new projects the company are presently undertaking and the exciting job opportunities for a young person to become a boat builder within the company. The photos are of projects currently undetaken be the company. The work is challenging and varied and no two days are ever the same. So if you feel you are up to the challenge, call Simon on 07585506960 or send him your C.V. to

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The fuel tank is now removed and in the workshop to be inspected to see what can be done with it.

The fuel tank is now out of the boat and in the workshop to inspect the bottom of the tank to see why the bottom was fibreglassed over.

The inside of the fuel tank to try and clean out. If it can it would be good if after inspecting what is under the fibreglass matting does not give us any headaches.

Friday, 13 April 2018

A busy end to the week down at the boatyard and the workshop

The end of the week saw a few boat movements, which included getting an old harbour launch back to the yard to be broken up as it had come to its end of its life as a sea worthy boat. However, it is going to be used in a garden as garden furniture. So it will live on in a different place other than the high seas.

Another job that was put off until the end of the week was removing the fuel tank out of a motor cruiser we have in for a refit. The tank had a n amount of fuel in it which when it was removed was find to be contaminated with a black jelly like material. So next week got the  not very nice job of steam cleaning the tank out and deep cleaning the tank to get rid of any material in the tank that will cause it to return in the future.

During the week the engineering team  turned their hand to serving the brake system on a client's trailer. When it was stripped down it was found that the trailer had no brakes inside the drums and the activation levers that operate the brake shoes was a seized pile of rust which had to be brought back to life with a good bathe in diesel over night before going about freeing up the lever. After that it was the turn of the brake drum to get the treatment of cleaning off the beariing surfaces of the brake drums to ensure that the brakes when applied were going to work as they should.

The engineering team had to servie a small motor from a client's yacht that had a fault on the heat erxchanger that needed the part replacing and a full engine from top to bottom with all the filters and oils renewing as well as the v belt and one of the engine mount which had turned to a rusted unadjustable mount.

The other motor boat in the workshop is getting a few more bits added to the list of job, however, it should be finished by the end of next week and be out on the water the following week with its new owner ready for the coming sailing season. So allin all it as been a busy week and there are more to comning over the next few week.