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.....

Saturday, April 30, 2011


Now have the clamp in place and bolted in with 1/2 inch copper. Note that it is in one piece as not much curve in plan ,there is a bit of set to follow the shear, and I think we have a mate for the starboard side. Machining up the shelf in 2 peices to go on soon and then the whole lot bolted right thru.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Today painted the oil and motor fuel filters---among other things.

Putting the motor back together now-pics to follow....

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Started on scarffing 'heads' to the ribs

Then fastened them all approx 55  new copper nails and roves
When done then grey primed and ready for the new clamp.You can see where it will scarf on to the new clamp peeking out from the lazarette thru the bulkhead.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Spied this beautiful deckhouse and 6 lite skylight....

No work over Easter Holidays---taking a break !

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Spray painted motor (Ronny) just before the Easter break-GOLD ! ! I have been painting all the separate bits and pieces for reinstalling. This will start soon I hope.We have sorted the 'breather' relocation and hope to finish that job maybe tommorrow....

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Work started srtaight away on cutting out the old clamp and shelf on the port side.There was not much supporting the top plank so once again have to scarf tops to most of the ribs....

Friday, April 22, 2011


I have started lining the aft face of the bulkhead with t,g and v Lawsons ex 75 mm by 19mm loveley smell in the now confined space.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Yes today ,actually this morning we moved the wheelhoue aft on to the aft deck.Easy on pipe rollers....

The footprint can be seen on the deck....

Then destruction started.These shots taken at 1 hour intervals....

Second hour...

Even the bulkhead at the front of the engineroom--gone..

BIG DAY.....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


So the aft face was completed today on the engineroom bulkhead-12mm marine ply.All the 'studs' ,horizontal beam and deck beam are new-Port Orford Cedar grown here and known as Lawsons Cypress (who was Lawson?) The original moulding to the hull stayed.and of course all those lovely new copper bolts fasten it all together.
There will be lawsons t,g and v fixed over the ply.

On the engineroom side ,which is open now there will be sound barrier and then t,g and v.

Also today the final 2 sheets on the after deck were glued down---so ready to slide the wheelhouse aft, which will give access to all the ropey clamp,shelf and beams.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Cleaning up and painting the motor heat exchanger - in my spare time!

Also the inlet manifold-in the foreground.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Picked up the prop from the prop guy-ballanced,checked for pitch and cleaned.All ok 29" by 17".

Now back on the shaft.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Big job on the bulkhead aft of the enginroom. All the long steel bolts had to be removed and most of the framing replaced.Here is a shot of the famous draw hammer in action-no bolt can resist this tool!

Of course you do need some sort of head to pull on, if none left have to weld a head on.
 And here are two new copper bolts in the knee....

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Well we did move the wheelhouse forward today. This is to take the weight off the engineroom bulkhead while it is rebuilt. Later we will roll it all the way aft and can then sort the engineroom deck beams.Eventually will move back to original spot.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Serious work to do on the bulkhead aft of the engineroom. It was cracked down in the bilges so doublers each side glued and bolted with copper bolts.The sawn pieces up each side are full of 55yr old steel coach bolts and have to be replaced with copper-I had a large heavey draw-hammer made which has made thier extraction possible.Separated various parts of bulkhead and glued up with the new bolts. Talk of moving the wheelhouse forward tomorrow  We will see......
There will be a lot of ongoing work rebuilding this bulkhead . . .

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I am trying to sort out and remember the plumbing for the motor. Cleaning up with angle grinder 'Brillo' pad to polish the copper most sorted and rest will become obvious when motor reinstalled.The big rusty one back left is the motor exhaust elbow and belows.

Monday, April 11, 2011


The 72 kg Holroyd steering box is now installed and connected to the rudder tiller-all painted yellow

The box is so heavy we tommed it so that the deck beams are not deflected and this deflection captured when deck laid and glued down.Will later be removed.

Also installed the tiller stop

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Last week the rear end of the wheelhouse got the big heave ho.Trying to reduce weight as much as possible before we move it aft temporarily and some of it won't be needed in the new layout.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Today saw the first plywood sheets laid on aft deck. 18mm marine hardwood ply very good quality.We will cut and fit temporarily and then mark beams and hatch openings underneath,then remove sheets and do a paint job on them as the deckhead underneath. No paint where there are deck beams as want to glue the sheets down

.Now the sheets are laid out on ,foredeck' and masked off  -paint job for me over the weekend.
Also must go aft and catchup all the paint jobs BEFORE the deck goes on permantly.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Had a clean out and restow of the back of the container today as expecting delivery of the new anchor-40kg ROCHNA  anchor spelt backwards! foto to come...

Took some scrap stainless and aluminium and a bucket of copper-old nails and nail clippings, and got 80kg of lead mostly flashings and pipes.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Fitted the two skin fittings and valves-took one and a half days one of me in and out. the thired valve is to turn the seawater deck wash to emergency bilge pump

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Work started on scraping all the inside of the Bullwarks.Then they need to be sanded and primed.Not a pleasant job with the smell of burning off the paint-got 3 fans going!
Other work going on down the rear end wait till tomorrow for a post.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Finally fixing aft beams in place and also trimmer ones for the hatch to lazarette below.Hull spead a bit so used a comealong to pull together.When all beams and deck in place should no longer be an issue.
Half beams to trimmers tomorrow?

Monday, April 4, 2011


Had a big day Sunday and was too buggered to post last nite.We had to get it all to the stage of readyness for the installation of aft deck beams. No dust and no workers. We have got Ian now and he agreed to start on a Sunday. So it was right round with the undercoat then lunch and then right round with the first topcoat.we will wait till after the fitout for the final coat.
paint system as follows
1... primer JOTUN grey heavey duty and smells to hi heaven! note this was allredy done.
2...Undercoat is RESENE water-borne quick dry
3...Topcoats RESENE water-borne gloss enamel-1/4 Spanish White- a sort of vintage off white.

Note tis is not acrylic paint but water-borne enamel-thre are no acrylic polymers

Willuse this on the exterior also.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Another diversion for you-will take some more fotos when we go to paint the aft section before the beams are finally installed. Tomorrow is Sunday but the boys wont be there!
This was FOOTHOLD that I designed a year or so ago and was going to build-BUT I bought MASON BAY instead! 14m long and was going to use the 40hp JP4 LISTER with 3:1 gearbox-38inch prop. 25 tons displacement.

Anyway onward with M.B.