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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Busy times down at the workshop and the boatyard

The 8ft dinghy now finished and ready for its new owner to collect and then on to the next 8ft dinghy or getting the Mai-Star Class dinghy back in the workshop to finish off fitting out and getting it out on the water.


The Jaguar 25 refit almost completed apart from a few samll jobs so she can be re-comissioned and taken back to its new home on the River Thames


A sterntube failure from old age, after 70 plus years it as done well


Now time to get back on with the Shetland Family Four and get her finished off  and get her up for sale.



Friday, 27 October 2017

The 8ft restoration dinghy now finished a off to its new owner.

The dinghy with a set of oars and beauifully varnish hardwood gunwales and rubbing strakes and a shiny hull


A good size tender for any owner to have behind their motorboat or yacht



Build with heavy duty hardwood trim to take treatment many tenders get in their working lifes


Heavy duty breasthook and knees 



A good size pad for an outboard to sit on and a full size pad on the inside to spread the load across the whole of the transom


Good size rowlock blocks to ensure they are up to the job



Thursday, 26 October 2017

The 8ft dinghy finished and ready for delivery to its new owner

The dinghy is now finished with its last coat of varnish and the oars being leathered where they go through the rowlocks 

A far cry from the dinghy that came into the workshop in a less the float able condition 


We are always on the look out for old dinghies that owners wish to breath new life into and give them many years of service.


Relaunching Midas Touch after its refit

Getting ready to re-launch Midas Touch after its refit

Back in the water just got a few small jobs to do over the next few days to get her ready to be re-commissioned and ready for her voyage to her new home on the river Thames 




Getting the engine re-commissioned and give it a quick service so it is ready for the voyage down the coast.


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Inspecting a yacht's stern tube and getting to grips with a dinghy that would not come out of its mould

Having removed the stern tube out of the yacht this is what was found.

A radiual fracture around the whole of the tube 






A possible cause is the rusted away bolts holding down the deadwood 


This dinghy refused to come out of its mould so now its going to be cut up.


The mould is now washed and polished ready to be release mould waxed and a new dinghy is going to be laid up.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

The jaguar 25 rudder rebuild and ongoing refit work on 8ft dinghy

 The rudder is now completely rebuild and is just waiting to be varnished 

Now getting its first of many coats of varnish before it gets refitted 



The 8ft dinghy getting its second coat of grey marine primer 


The quick rub down then its first coat of white marine undercoat 


Looking a lot better and soon be getting its new coat of white gloss.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The 8ft dinghy now almost ready to be turned over and the hull got ready to paint.

The inside all done apart from fitting the rowlock blocks and cleats fore and aft

The varnish work shining well in the sun light 


The interior set off well with the varnish and gery



Just got the outside paint work to do and then off to its new home


The gunwales and rubbing strakes fixed in the traditional method of copper nails and roves making a strong bond between the gunwales and rubbing strakes


Monday, 16 October 2017

Repairs to the rudder blade and new cheek pieces and re-brushed rudder bearings

The cheek pieces being glued together then a good sanding down and then refitted to the rudder blade.


The rudder blade repair done, just got to fix the rudder cheeks and then the rudder fitting then put it back on the yacht.


The rudder bearing now re-brushed and so yacht the will without a rattling rudder blade  





The rebirth of the 8ft dinghy

The gunwales and rubbing strakes getting their last coats of thinned varnish and knees and the breasthook now fitted.

The centre thwart  now fitted and varnished



The breasthook now fitted just the front capping piece to finish off the front and then just got to fit the rowlock blocks just behind the centre thwart



A whole lot different than a few weeks ago.