Thursday, 26 December 2013

The refit will restart next week and it will be full steam ahead to get the boat back afloat

Now the end of this year is upon us, it is now time to think about getting on with the boat once more.

The main job to do on the yacht in the next few weeks is to get the planks back in the bottom and get the new ribs put in the port side and get the hull shape back into position and the the seams below the waterline splinted and sealed and the hull faired.

Also a tent will have to be build over the boat so that the cabin sides can be worked on in a little bit of comfort over the next few months while the weather is a poor and there is a need to keep the boat dry while rebuilding the cabin sides and getting the roof back on the cabin.

The planking in the bottom will need some steaming has there is a fair bit of shape and twist these planks. Once these lower planks are back in place. Then I will have to get some more green oak to make the new ribs as these will have to go in fairly soon and but only after I have got the boat hull shape back into position. This is especially true amidships on the port side where the main body of the broken ribs were and where a bit of a chine started to develop over the years.

This will have to be removed before any ribs are put back in. The main thing that will have to be done will be to clean out the seams in the area so the planks can be pushed back into position and the seams closed up and the hull shape can be back in place.

So it is just a matter of getting the new year day out of the way and then get back to sorting the boat out.