Sunday, 1 September 2013

The coming weeks and months will see a change in the progress of the refit of Mai-Star II

Now that J-Star Boat Services as now got a new apprentice boat builder onboard, there will be time start doing some major work on the boat and get the ball rolling again, and get on with some of the major jobs that are needed to get the boat back into a good condition and ready to set sail on the high seas once more.

The first of the major jobs will be on the hull where a couple of areas of damaged planking needs replacing and a few ribs need replacing as they are broken due to old age and heavy grounding over the years. The major area of damaged ribs has been on the port side, which was the side that had a 20 gallon water tank under bunk and that would make the boat fall over to port as there was nothing under the starboard bunk to counter balance the weight of the tank.

Now there is going to be a couple of batteries on the starboard side so if it is in an area where is it possible to dry out there is a chance in future for the boat to go to ground either side not just the port side.

This autumn the main areas for work will be the cockpit ribs which all need replacing and the three planks on the port quarter and replacing the broken ribs on the port side and the couple that are broken on the starboard side.

Once that is done then the attention will be on getting the cabin sides and the roof renewed and the cockpit coamings renewed and the whole boat painted and varnished.