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Monday, 31 March 2014

A mixed day of little jobs

It has been a mixed day of little jobs that needed to be done on the Mai-Star I dinghy. The boat had to be washed down and cleaned inside and out and the bottom had to be pessure cleaned to remove the old antifouling and the mud from the weekend work which involved going back to the Hardy to put it back on its mooring when the tide camr back in at about 10 pm on saturday night. After picking up the dinghy from the local country club this morning. It was time to bring the dinghy home and start to clean it up. The first job was to clean out the mud from the inside and then turn it over and clean the outside and the bottom. While the boat was drying off there were a few repairs to do to its trialer which inculded removing and renewing the bolts that held the bilge roller on the trialer so that they could be made adjustable as they had seized up after years of being set in the same position. After this was done then the boat was put back on the trialer so the the work can be started tomorrow on getting up to spec for the coming season.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Now some of the winter refit jobs are over, it is now time to turn to my own boat refit jobs.

Now that the days are at last longer, it will give me time to get on and get some of my own work done on my own yacht. Having got the cabin front fitted, it is now the turn of the cabin sides to get fitted in place and then join to two together and then get the roof back on and the roof sheaved again. However, this job will be done after the planking is finished off and the rest of the broken ribs have been replaced with new steamed one and they are all refitted. and then the long job of refitting the inside and the painting and varnishing to be done.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

At last the sun as come back and we can get outside and get on with the work on boats outside.

Finally the weather as turned into a spring day, not before time, there is only so much that can be done in the workshop on small items. They need to be done, but they start to fill the workshop space with items that need to be on the boats but not yet. However, with the weather getting better the items that are presently filling up the workshop will soon be going on the client's boat and so giving me space in the workshop for other projects and other client's boats that are waiting to be worked on, which have been on hold while we wait for a change in the weather which at last as come and not a moment to soon.

There are so many jobs that the weather as put on hold, but now we can get on with them.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Work for next week, to get through the work list.

Because of the weather has been poor and the boat is outside under its winter cover, it as not been possible to get on with much work on the boat. Hopefully now the weather is a bit better it will be possible to get on with the work on the work list on the boat itself and not just the smaller parts in the workshop.

The first job is to clean the hull of all its paint and get back to bare wood and start again once the new ribs are refitted and the seams are sorted out and re-puttied and then primed.

Then get the ribs steamed into place and clich├ęd up and the nail holes filled, then the two planks in the bottom at the aft end on the port side.

While all this is being done get on with the deck edge and get it profiled and sealed ready to fit the new cabin sides.

So hopefully by the end of the week should have the ribs in and the cabin sides started to be fitted.