Mason Bay

The rebirth and conversion of a New Zealand fishing boat-and maybe her further adventures. Other boats and observations will happen from time to time.....

Monday, February 28, 2011

Mason bay 24

Final painting done forward-well for now -will need one more top coat when accommodation finished.Decided to sell the big 50cc hydraulic pump.It was used to run all the trawl gear but was not properly mounted. will get a new 10-12cc one for the anchor winch and maybe a crane?Will be belt driven off the motor.Work carrying on aft with the new laminated stringers and I am laminating up a few new deck beams ready for later.I made a couple laminated  the other way-vertically as the Pilularis was warped the correct way exactly the right camber!Also took the sheathing off the engineroom bulkhead.

And we finish off with shots of EDNA Hudson's new trading ketch replica 57 by 18 by2'.Two vertical centreboards al a the scows

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mason Bay 23

Now first of Jan catchup Year 2011
(this is 23rd of Feb) I will get there soon!

Work on the sampson posts well on the way ,in fact they are now fastened in.Also in is some tough rubber and canvas curtains to protect all those fancy new ribs.Painting progressing aft .Of interest the paint system is heavey duty JOTUN oil-based greyprimer, then all change to RESENE water based System-one undercoat and 2 top coats one now and one later. Resene water-based enamel is a much improved Acrylic.They shudder if you call it that! Ribs continue in aft part and a new floor is made.Work ing on restoration of aft deck beams, including 3 new ones to replace the ones that were cut in '85 for the accommodation.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mason Bay22

Starting to get serious regarding acess to aft compartment .Was the sleeping accommodation. So removed the cabin combings and the rest of the deck.there goes our smoko room, but as its getting summer now move down stairs and outside. My new wood range arrived from Nelson via Hudson .IT was made by a friend of his. Making new copper bolts for the clamp/rubrail-yes they go right thru. Ribs in engineroom nearing completion-some fastenings remain.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mason Bay 21

Sorry for the delay- Laptop been for a service! Meantime reribbing continues in the engineroom.Scaping and redleading in prep to the lazarette. Also progressing is the foredeck area with new deck beams to anchor locker and refurbished ones aft of that.Pattern made for the solid blocking around the sampson posts......To finish a foto of PK's new Penobscott 14.....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mason Bay 20

While ribbing work progresses in the engineroom, I replaced the badly fitted floor up forward with a completely new one,kept the original copper keelbolt and rethreaded. New butt block fitted on starboard (the planking there was butted on the floor!) Used long bronze screws and a couple of bronze dumps. Also started removing deck beams forward to refurbish-much easier in the bench! One neede 2 new ends scarffed one as the steel bolts had scunged up the ends.The white filler on the top of the beams is vynalester filler in the old steel nail holes-I got about 50% out the rest broke off and are now punched down-sorry but have to be pragmatic sometimes---forgive me!.......Also featured is A small wiorkboat 105 years old former Auckland harbour board workboat-A friend has bought it.....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mason bay 19

Made a tool this week- a heavy pull hammer to remove stubborn bolts. See the wasted fastenings.....