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Water Rail Tlc


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I thought I would start a new thread for Water Rails maintenance, as I have brought some homework back with me, Water Rails original mast needed some TLC, the worst bit was the masthead light on the top that was cock-eyed, it bugged me every time I looked at it. Anyway I bought the mast home and have stripped it to it's components, and started removing the old varnish, it turns out that under all that varnish it's quite a lovely piece of close grained Douglas fir ( I believe).

Sanding has been started, and it's a job I can do while working when I get a moment or two.

Brass parts will get cleaned up and polished then maybe a coat of lacquer to preserve the finish.

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So sanding is proceeding, meanwhile the brass strips are atrocious, I have had to scrape the varnish off, however with a little sanding and a Dremel mop loaded in honing paste and they are coming up nicely.

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Sanding is nearing completion, just a few marks to get out still, meanwhile design is in process for the new mount for the mast topper, I have removed the existing cracked timber and am designing a new interface part, that needs to transition from square to round.

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Since the connection between the mast and top Bob were all cracked and misshapen I removed them and am working on a design for the new top connection, I am doing this first in cad and 3d printing prior to making it in timber, I need a smooth flowing shape, pleasing to the eye.

For me the slightly more inwardly curved shape looks better, so next to reproduce it in timber.

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As removing the varnish and sanding has reduced the thickness of the mast leaving gaps on the cross trees the screw holes have been plugged with dowels and will be redrilled at reassembly in the correct locations.

 

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Unfortunately the lump of greenheart I had to hand wasn't quite as wide as I hoped, so the top is a bit narrower, but it gets the idea across, next to put a square hole right through for the mast to sit in, then some sanding and shaping

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Delight XI is a beautiful boat, sadly being sold due to the owner's untimely passing earlier this year. She is immaculate and I doubt if she will hang about long at the price being asked. 

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