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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A leaky and found to be rotten Deadwood

The deadwood of a yacht I have been asked to renew as it was leaky 


The top and part of the side of the deadwood found to be rotten once we started to remove the bolts out of the deadwood



A long a steady job getting the bolts out of the deadwood, but at the same time trying to keep the shape of the deadwood intact.


Two of the bolts had corroded away at the place where the deadwood fits the hog of the boat.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Another 8ft Little Mai dinghy getting the J-Star Boat Services restoration treatment

Having removed the old seats and gunwales and rubbing strakes it is time to get down to basics with the structure of the dinghy to find out the problems with the hull and repair these these problems before setting about restoring the dinghy back to its original condition


The aft bouyacy tank/seat removed to find a hole in the back end of the keel which needs rebuilding and strengthening 


The front seat was removed to be replaced with a bouyacy tank and seat


The centre thwart kept in place while it is put in the restoration jig where the hull will be supported while it is worked on by the J-Star Boat services team of apprentices 



First stage of getting the dinghy in the workshop ready to work on moving it around on its trailer with the restroation jig on top of the boat



Trailer removed and now set up on the jig ready to get to work on the hull


As you can see the workshop is a hive of activity with a number of different dinghies in the workshop in different stages of work on them


The hull now as its wooden insert in the keel removed and ready to dry out so that a new piece of hardwood can be fitted in the keel after the aft end of the keel is repaired


The old front seat blocks now removed and the area now ready to grind back the fibreglass to key in the hull to fit the new front seat bouyancy tank.












Finally the works dinghy is now all but finished apart from a few little jobs

The final bit of filling and fairing getting done to the hull of the dinghy



Then its second coat of interprotect epoxy primer




Then is first coat of undercoat, which was followed by a second coat


Then finally a couple of coats of White Gloss 


Then getting ready to fit the edge trims to the foredeck




Now they are all fitted it was time to give the brightwork its last coat of varnish



New transom pad for the outboard to finish off the stern 


Friday, 15 September 2017

filling and fairing the works dinghy and getting Mai-Star II ready to transport toyard and start work on her in the workshop.

Filling and fairing the hull ready to put on the second coat of epoxy primer an the the first coat of  yacht primer


A bit more filling and fairing needed on the port side of the hull, however, nothing that the team at J-Star Boat Services can not take in their stride. 


Mai-Star II with its cover off and the spars removed ready to get transported to the boatyard so that the work on the deck can get underway before the winter sets in.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Works dinghy now turned over and the work on the hull painting can begin

Masking up the hull and then sanding the shiney surface so it is keyed up ready to paint the hull with epoxy primer


The hull all sanded ready for the primer to be applied



TRhe getting its first coat of primer



The underwater surfaces getting their underwater primer coat 


The aft seat getting its last ubt one coat of varnish



The foredeck trims getting their last few coats of varnish


The bottom getting a fresh coat of antifouling paint 



Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Late season sterngear removal and rebuilding of shaft log and painting the new dinghy painting.

The prop shaft removed ready to start removing the stern gear


The rudder removed to keep the area clear 


The outside gland which need removing to help get the stern tube out of the shaft log that is as it is screwed on to the end of the sterntube log pipe


Final coat of primer before starting to do the work on the keel. That is cutting the centreboard slot 


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Busy Thursday with getting the Mai-Star Class dinghy off its building stocks

Got the rubbing strakes and seat stringers planned down to size ready to finish off the edges before fixing them on the dinghy top strake when the hull as been finish being painted and varnished.


The hull finally turned over and ready paint and fix the bilge keels and cut the centreboard case slot.


Giving the Hull a quick sanding and cleaning up ready to paint its first coat of primer




First coat of yacht primer on the hull now it is time to cut the centreboard slot and fit the bilge keels and then continue the painting of the hull 




Fitting the quarter knees on the Works dinghy and giving the Mai Star Class its second coat of yacht primer