Saturday, 29 December 2012

Now to something less stressful, well may be?

Now that the major job of the Keel removal and refitting was done. Then it was time to start on other more skillful jobs that did not involve a big hammer & Burt force. Fittings the Toe rails and Rubbing skates was a more enjoyable job as it was one that people would see. Unlike the keel although it was a skillful job not many people would see how much hard work when into doing the job. The amount of blood sweat and tears that when into doing it.

It was also the time that the deck fittings were made and fitted to the boat, as all these fittings had been stripped off the boat before I purchased her and started to rebuild her back to a sailing boat once more. This needed a trip to Classic Marine in Woodbridge in Suffolk. As many of the fittings had to be specially made for the boat. Moray did a very good job of these fittings and have serviced me well ever since. As well as the toe rails and Rubbing Skates and hull fittings for the rigging, there had to be a new tableance made to fit the odd sized mast the boat had. So with that made it was time to fit all this new iron work to the boat and to make it look more like a sailing yacht once more.

That job done I started again on the interior and the fitting of  the battery box and water tank and the shelf's in the galley and the water pump and cooker.

The new marine plywood floor was fitted in the cabin so it was safer to walk around down below with out breaking your leg.

Then came the fitting of a new sea Toilet. The toilet bit was easy, going a new hose nipple was not so easy as I had to have one specially manufacture by a local engineering company to fit the original skin fitting.

Then was time to finish off painting inside and out.   When the weather was not so good to do the outside paint work, then it was time to paint out the lockers and bilges  and keep warm and dry.

Then when the weather was better then it was time to get the big mother sander out on the hull to start to fair up the planking. This was a long job as it had not done for many a year. Once it was done it looked a whole deal better. Then came the long job of putting paint on and sanding it off until I got the hull painted. Then came the varnish work on the cabin sides, toe rails and rubbing skates, 6 coats to start off with until the wood stop soaking it up, then just building up the depth of varnish until there was a good overall coating on the bright work.