The following couple of weeks are going to be busy with a number of projects being restarted after a summer lay off and the owners wanting to get their boats back in the water or at least finished off before the weather changes and no work can be do on them.
Friday, 31 October 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
As the weather as turned for the worse the work on Reveller as come to an end for a while. However if there are a few days of settle weather then we will get on and get a few more planks on and even a coat of paint on the hull and bottom over the coming weeks and months.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Three more planks put on the bottom so the hole is getting smaller.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
This repair to the bottom is a poorly done repair and is very dangerous in that it does not have any strength in it and the first time the boat was put under any stress would fail and the boat would founder.
Getting the nuts off the bolts holding the keel on
Some came off , others on the other hand did not and had to be cut off with an angle grinder
They all came off and the keel did come off the bottom
The keel coming off with the add of a few hardwood wedges
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Cutting a new scarf joint on another plank ready to fit a new length of plank to the port side
Putting a cover over the boat where I am working on doing the hull repairs, so I can keep working while it is raining as it is forecasted for the rest of the week.
At least I can keep working and the boat will keep dry or at least this part of it will be.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
End of this week saw the new chine rail made and fitted. So now the new bottom planks have somewhere to fix too.
The new chine rail in position
The odd set back in the form of a bit of rot in the bottom part of the aft end of the engine bearer which needs cutting out and replacing with new wood.
This photo is of the first fur planks fitted to the bottom and before the first of the side planking starts to go on.
The new ribs and frames back in position and so the planks have good wood to fix too in the future
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
At last got round to getting the last of the main part of the hull paint burn off the hull.
With the main part of the hull done the area between the rubbing stakes can get cleaned off and then the hull can get painted up to protect over the next few months.
Like with all projects on older wooden boats that have at some point neglected, there are hidden away in places pockets of rot. this is a prime one, in the bilge of this boat. The planking ribs and engine bearer.
The rot was caused by not keeping the bilge clean and dry and also a lack of proper ventilation in the engine compartment and aft cabin.
This is just one of the main frames of the port side in the area of the aft cabin, the ribs are in a similar condition and will have to be replaced before the new planking can get put back in place.
A bad area of rot, this is the main bulkhead between the engine compartment and the aft cabin and shows what happens when you seal up a wooden boat without proper ventilation and then use the boat as a liveaboard.