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, May 31, 2011


All the deck beams, now fitted in place including trimming beams for hatch.These have been temporarily fastened in place as we have to remove for motor and tanks. We also will fit the ceiling, set 27 mm down onto battens fastened to each side of the beams.6mm ply (prefinished) will be laid with 20mm sound insulation on top before the final 18mm deck.We want this all ready to go once the motor is installed- hopefully to keep clean in the engineroom.
Last job of the day was to prime the beams-smelly job! Not painting the tops due to glueing ply down.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


The access door to remove motor should that have to be done is finished-apart from painting.It also has the sound insulation in and fits tightly into the slightly bevelled opening from the other side-the evening saloon .

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Both are now finished and ready for priming tomorrow. The weight is taken on the stringers to spread the load 750 liters plus the tank weight is a ton.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


This hatch has now been soundproofed and t and g'd and it still fits! It will be finally bolted in place in the forward bulkhead of the engineroom. This will enable someone else at a later date to slide the ISUZU forward to lift out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Took delivery of this fancy hydraulic pump to run off the motor for the anchor winch.The blue can on top is the oil reservoir.This will run at about 1000rpm and push 12 l per min. This will pull the ground tackle up at 12m per minute with max of 1.5 tons.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Got this piece of gold back from the hydraulic engineers the other day. It will bolt onto the existing crankshaft pulley to replace the fisherman style welded one that was there. Engineer had seen one give way with side loading continually flexing the welds. This has been machined out of solid shaft.It will have 4 pulleys - 2for the deck/bilge pump, one for the new hydraulic motor and one spare.
There is talk of another alternator, small, just to charge the starting battery.The point being that it is not possible to charge the two systems from the one alternator as the battery charging requirements are different... any comments gratefully absorbed!...

Monday, May 23, 2011


Installed the rotary sump pump on its custom bracket. Plumbing fittings tomorrow...

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Mocked up the diesel tank to finally locate. This is the port side.

Now with front supporting beam in place...

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Just a shot to show that we red lead the end grain of the 12mm plywood for the bulkheads, in this case the engineroom forward one. Actually I have just about finished tg&v lining the aft face--including sound later....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Trying new foto system

To get fotos direct from PICASA 'cause they have titles and edits....


The forward BH. to ER. progressing well with the ply being glued on the forward face. Copper bolts installed and cavities primed ready for sound insulation and sheathing in tg&v....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Continuing the motor theme, took off, cleaned, and reinstalled with new hoses the gearbox oil cooler...

Monday, May 16, 2011


I know that this item is not that important - but it took a while to locate an air cleaner or filter with a 100mm or 4 inch throat. most are 3 or 51/4 in. Made it in the end off the net a SIMOTA hi performance cleaner. I like the hi bit on an ex fishing boat !

Sunday, May 15, 2011


A local boatyard was having a Saturday sale and I spotted this pile of 1/2 in - 13mm new galv shortlink anchor chain. Rushed back to bring the gypsy, sort of half hoping it would not fit -fat chance - fitted perfectly ! $nz 750 for 50m normal retail $28 / m. So withe the 60m I already had (second hand stuff) we now have 110m. I wanted 100 to go with our new 40kg ROHCNA. ......

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Finally got the starboard water tank installed. Getting the mounts shaped and welded and bolted in had to be taken stage by stage. Each tank holds 425 litres and is spun polypropolene with 6mm wall thickness very heavy and strong...

These rings are for the water tank-starboard

By the way can not sort this new blogger image upload - all the fotos just stack at the top of the page despite what I do ! so they are all back to front...


Started on the new bulkhead forward of the engineroom...

The top one is Friday and boring for the copper fastenings before studs and plywood

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Sorry about that. Sorted by our resident wizz--Seems the new edition of Blogspot and the new Java have issues.

KNEES again this time in engine room to aft bulkhead. They were there before,tho some would say that having a ply deck makes the knees not neccessary, I put them in anyway-at least Marcus did!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Just about there with the motor.Waiting on the new machined stub for the power takeoffs--Hydraulic and deck wash/bilge pump...

You can see where it bolts onat the end of the crankshaft.It is milled out of solid stock to replace the old one which was only welded to a flat plate and with the side load could fly apart.Will photograph when arrive if they have not thown away.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Well its been one year since we hauled MASON BAY out in Whangarei,NZ. so I thought a reminder is in order! A lot of work done maybe on to the easier ,less boring bits now. And need I say some dollars!!!!