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  1. Hi Guys Thanks for the nice comments regarding my wife's varnishing, over the next couple of days I will sort out in my head a step by step guide to how we varnish then post it. Robin
  2. With the aft cabin rebuilt, just a couple of finishing touches to complete this phase. The window hoppers. The doors through to the galley. a simple design of mahogany edge lipped ply with a lot of varnish. The next picture shows' the bargain of the project, Art deco lights, three for fifteen quid on Ebay the other two will go in the forward cabin. And a new windscreen! I make up new frames and my wife get to varnish them, you will see in the photos I sand them with an old carpet on my bench. this is to prevent any damage, when yo
  3. Moving on to the aft cabin sides, The originals were ply and as per the canopy the were showing signs of delamination and had rotted away adjacent to the deck. There were signs of previous repairs and when we replaced the decks we only carried out a temporary repair. Photo from phase 1 There is a scarf joint about 8 feet from the stern so the plan is to remove everything aft of this joint and blend in new from it. On the inside we install new window rails and eventually hoppers. The aft section gets shaped to match the original. After
  4. Following on from yesterdays post I will start with a picture of the door actually in situ. note the number 5 in the top right hand side this is the original number from her hire days when she was Golden light 5. Continuing with the aft well area. The original well housed two gas lockers, one for the cooker and one for the fridge, we have gone for an all electric fridge so have room for change. There was also a step along the transom to aid getting in and out. I will build a new gas locker on one side, and I am going to build in a generator on the other, how much the generator
  5. Works move to the inside. we plan to strip out the complete aft cabin including the old chipboard bulkheads. The aft well gets striped and painted. Bulkheads stripped out between the aft cabin and the galley. These are the old aft bulkheads still in place. And then removed. The first bulkheads go back in are between cabin and galley. In the galley we install a half bulkhead at the side of the cooker to stop any wind blowing the gas out when the canopy is open. Followed by the rear bulkheads. Which quickl
  6. With the hull complete we carry on with getting her ready for launch, Antifoul, paint the decks, another couple of coats of varnish on the cabin sides and transom. Good to go for may 2018 and another summer afloat. We jump forward to the winter and with our program of works planned we get her back into the workshop November 2018 for Phase three. First on the list is the transom, I post the next picture as a reminder of how it looked. During one of my inspections I could see water was getting between the rubbing strake and the transom itself. You can also see
  7. Hi Guys Yes it is a Mk1 Cortina estate, it is on the to do list when i have time.
  8. Next on the hit list is the hull, we have painted it a couple of times and although we have found no rot the joints between the planks do show signs of cracking which would indicate the caulking is getting past its sell by date and the putty is very hard and dry. Now with a wooden boat you never know exactly how good your hull is until you have sanded it back to bare timber. Some people like to see the joints in the planks some of us don't, its just a personal preference. I have long harbored a desire to spline a hull but it has never been the right time. The first job is to
  9. With the sliding canopy complete we have to sort out if and how we can power it? so this post is going to get all engineery (if that's even a word) When we bought the boat the canopy was operated by muscle power, opening it with the aid of gravity was easy however to push it up hill to close it was a bit of a problem. from inside with your hands above your head it was difficult and not good for your back! The best method was to go out on the deck and push from both sides and it would slide closed easily, Ok if it was not raining. If you needed to close it. and you only had two cr
  10. With the ply covering complete we cover the top with an epoxy resin and woven fabric, unfortunately I don't have photos of this part of the process just the finished item, but I will take some when I next epoxy a roof and post them. First the sides gets some varnish. The epoxy roof gets painted and dressed on the outer edge to match the original profile. Varnish complete the windows get installed, they are the same shape as the originals and are fitted with a rubber moldings the only difference is I use a silver insert to give it a visual lif
  11. With the ply stripped, repairs done and the new beam installed we turned the frame over. In this picture you get a better view of the new beam and the repairs. The side rails are saved and I enlarge the notches for the side supports. Time to press on with the sides. The sides are approximately 3500mm long so I have to scarf two sections of ply to make it long enough, I use the old sides as a template and cut them to size. The extra timber rail you can see this end will fit into the notches on the roof section to add strength to the
  12. Before I move on from phase one the following is a list of items completed but for which I have no photos. (sorry) Prop shaft and cutlass bearing replaced, Shower installed, Electric toilets fitted, Fridge, sound system, LED lights, Nav lights, carpets throughout, Two more coats of varnish to the cabin sides and the transom, and an electric winch connected to the sliding coach roof through the original pulleys and guides. We had another brilliant summer afloat including our second trip to the Beccles wooden boat rally and meet even more lovely people and had a look round some fantas
  13. A small point of order Janet Anne, i selected the color and collected the paint!
  14. With the bulkheads fitted we crack on with putting everything back in ready for the summer. The old fuel tank on first viewing looked good. However on close inspection the base seemed flimsy and we could see signs of rust on the base inside. This is a common problem with steel tanks as water in the tank from condensation sits at the bottom for years undetected, we binned it and went for a plastic tank. The hot water calorifier was next, it was the one which came with the boat and on inspection was serviceable so went straight back in. The waste and water tanks
  15. Turnoar Yes many a piece of old furniture can be found in wooden boats around the broads, I have a planking job on at the moment and the customer has supplied his own timber which comes from old Church pews, The timber itself must have been felled 200 years ago, A better piece of proper pitch pine you will not find, it planes like butter and still has a very high oil content to it. Robin
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