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.....

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.


  1. Gary
    I used NZ grown Lawson's to build my boat, great stuff to work with. Love the smell.
    It is named after a Scottish nursery. From Wikipedia I quote; " It was first discovered (by Euro-Americans) near Port Orford in Oregon and introduced into cultivation in 1854, by collectors working for the Lawson & Son nursery in Edinburgh, Scotland, after whom it was named as Lawson's Cypress by the describing botanist Andrew Murray. The USDA officially calls it by the name Port Orford Cedar, as do most people in its native area, but as it is not a cedar, many botanists prefer to avoid the name, using Lawson's Cypress, or in very rare instances Port Orford Cypress, instead to stop confusion. The horticultural industry, in which the species is very important, mostly uses the name Lawson's Cypress."


  2. Don,
    Well well fancy that--it is not a cedar!.It was used for wooden airplanes as it was the strongest cedar. So now we koow who lawson is .thanks Don. Hope you enjoy the blog as much as I enjoy the restoration of Mason Bay.