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Malanka

Never Ending Story

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Hello again,

 

Well of course the law of unintended consequences also exists in the boat maintenance field.

 

Below are the latest manifestations of said law. In short, attaching the new chine the guys found the stern brace was ahem.... a little old and dry and rotten... Consequence the clamp disintegrated it when attached. So the guys removed it and replaced it with a lovely new oak member.. The video is interesting as it shows the dimensions of the oak frames used on old Wooden Brooms and they are HUGE...

So we now have new chines both sides and new member in the stern. Phil did inform me today that they found a small section of the chine near the bow that had been replaced "donkeys years ago" which was made of PINE. Needless to say it was removed and we now have full length oak members. Makes me feel reassured for the future.

 

So here are the latest installments of the never ending story.

 

I have two interviews next week too so wish me luck.

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38 minutes ago, Malanka said:

. . . . and new member in the stern.

How long before Maurice Mynah says something about this? :default_icon_twisted:

Good luck with the interviews, Martin. :1311_thumbsup_tone2:

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Didn’t you know Ray all broom owners have huge members. I believe Sunbird also qualifies by some reckoning as a huge member Broom.

 

Thankyou for the best wishes 

 

M

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2 hours ago, Malanka said:

Didn’t you know Ray all broom owners have huge members. I believe Sunbird also qualifies by some reckoning as a huge member Broom.

I must be the exception that proves the rule, then! :default_wink:

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Hello all you avid boat surgery pervs.

Here is the aforementioned very large oak member fully installed. Doesn't it look rather magnificent?

Martin

 

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Actually I spoke with Phil and @relatively speaking@ it's not that bad but at this moment I'm trying not to think about that part.

 

Needless to say no holiday diving in the Maldives this year ..LOL

 

M

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1 hour ago, Malanka said:

Hello all you avid boat surgery pervs.

Here is the aforementioned very large oak member fully installed. Doesn't it look rather magnificent?

Martin

 

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Phwoar, that looks lovely.

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It does look rather good n proper like.  I hope it has had copious amounts of 5 star cuprinol on it too

Seems a shame to cover it up with new planking after all that effort and expense.  At least you have the photographic evidence to look back on

Griff

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19 hours ago, Malanka said:

Needless to say no holiday diving in the Maldives this year ..

The water in Barton Broad is pretty clear these days I'm told :-)

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However there aren’t any Eagle Rays , or hammerhead sharks both of which were ticked off the list Feb 2017. 

 

M

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No but there is a particularly aggressive gudgeon to watch out for!  

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Do they taste nice ? 

 

M

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Oh I forgot to mention that following our miraculous incident with the auto bilge pump, Malanka now has another float switch actuated bilge pump sited in the bow area, this now makes three electric ones (two float switches and a hugely efficient one with manual switch) plus the manual one which I reconnected last summer after finding it disconnected. This is a vintage cylinder pump affair of course made of brass which is about as easy to get to and to use as ground unicorn horn. Next seasons mods will include new wheelhouse boards so that will be easier, OMG what am I saying??? Oh yes I forgot this is the never ending story... Oh well.

 

Interviews went very well, both companies wish to progress to second stage interviews. Wish me luck...

 

M&F

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If those companies only knew you like I do they would   :default_icon_eek:    . . . . . . .  employ you immediately eh? :default_norty:  Want a reference? - Er no better not, Finger crossed here all the same

New wheelhouse deck boards eh? - Snap, planned in for us to sort out this coming April but not wishing to derail this thread I'll expand more on this later on t'other never ending project thread :default_smile:

Griff

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That's a must see project Charlie my friend. Can't wait to see what you do and how it looks I already know it will look amazing though..

 

M&F

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The very best of luck with those interviews.

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OK so we are coming to the end of the major stuff and only some minor internal bits and pieces of softy stuff left to do. OK that involves a replacement window but hey ho.

When we bought Malanka we could not understand why the starboard side immediately post wheel house window was plastic with holes drilled in it. Phil was non the wiser either, so after 9 years the wood underneath this bodged heath Robinson fix is soft and the window leaks. Time for replacement with glass, correctly ventilated, and ideally able to be opened. That's what is coming before the galley gets dealt with. Before all of that is the major surgery stuff below the waterline. 

 

So here are the latest pictures of the stupendous work being done by Roger. He is supposed to be retired but he is staying on to do stuff like this. It's freezing cold, he is wearing knee pads and insulated jackets and he still is at it in all weathers. So here are the latest three pictures in total deference to Roger who has done all the woodwork in the latest batch. Many thanks Roger you're an amazing guy. A lesson to us all about doing what we love. thank you my friend.

 

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Looking awesome! 

All the best with the interviews. :286_four_leaf_clover:

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Looking awesome! 

Isn't she just

All the best with the interviews. 

Ditto

Griff

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Many thanks for all your best wishes.  M

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Loving the updates, really professional job. Best of luck with the interviews.

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OK folks I will be offline for a while as Weds sees me head off to the UK for two days of interviews. A couple of great British companies so I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone.

 

OK back to to the boat stuff. The old lady is due to be floated in the straps at the end of this week, then transferred to Simpsons wetshed to continue with the interior work. Attached are the photos of the grab rails, toe rails, forward deck planking, and the new "temporary fix" for the cabin roof. I'm sure you will join me in saying that it's a pretty damn good temporary solution. There is also some final chine work going on and a picture of that too. I have to say I am really proud of the work done by the guys and we will definitely be buying them a present (usually liquid) as well as paying the bill.

 

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My favourite pictures are numbers two and three which show the old lady really rocking the polished and varnished look. I can't wait to see her and get out for Easter or as soon as I can depending on weather.

 

I think the chine picture shows the quality of the work which doesn't make the bill a joy to pay but I can appreciate skill and craftsmanship when I see it.

 

See you all soon folks

 

Martin and Fiona

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