Sunday, 9 June 2013

This year's work on Mai-Star II.

This year's work list on Mai-Star II is a large one, as it involves making new cabin and roof and making a new fore hatch and a lot of painting and varnishing. The job of getting the old cabin sides and roof off was a long and at time difficult job and many of the fixing were either hidden or broke off in the wood. The roof was the easier part as it was removed in sections. That is that it was cut through between the deck beams and then the deck beams came out in one piece. Then came the more difficult bit the removing of the cabin sides which were held in place with a fair few screws. Many of which came out, but a few did not and this took time to get the cabin sides to come off the deck without doing too much damage to either part of the boat, as I needed the old cabin sides as patterns for the new ones.

This was the same when it came to the cockpit coaming which needed replacing as well. They had done well, but after 75 years they had seen better days and it was time to have new ones.

So over the few weeks I have been making plywood patterns of the old ones and have fitted them to the boat to see if there are any mod's to be done to make them better and less likely to leak as this had been a problem over the past couple of years.

It is the same with the fore hatch, this has seen better days and is in need of replacing and making better so that any sea water that comes over the bow does not go down the fore hatch. The present design as no way of stopping the water going between the lid and the base. A design that will be addressed with the new one, which will again be made out of wood, so it is in keeping with a classic boat of its age and design.

Another job this year is to get the electrics sorted out so that the boat will have lighting and a VHF Radio and instruments and Navigation lights that will run off a 12 volt supply not just small batteries.

Then the best job of all the painting of the hull deck, and new cabin sides and roof. A long job, but one that shows you are getting some where when it is finished and the boat shines again with its new coat of paint.

The bottom of the boat need some attention this year and the putty as dried out a bit and will need re-doing and in places will need a bit of caulking doing as well.

While this is being done there is a fair bit to do in the cockpit to sort out the manual bigle pump and site it somewhere where it is going to be better able to be used. Also make some new lockers in the cockpit and beer up the cockpit sole so that there is less movement in it.

Thats all for now, will update with photos as I go along and write more as the jobs progress up to the launch date.