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.....

Sunday, July 31, 2011


Sole now installed, but think I will cut panels so that the side ones are screwed down and the hatches in the middle lift up. Also installed the stern tube copper grease line under this floor to a grease gun in engine room. Plan on using this 'cabin' for passages as the motion here was really comfy coming up from the Bluff.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Workshop benches in L shape and 2in thick installed up forward. Good to bang on! The box section pillar is the compresion post for the main mast. The hole is for the fore hatch...

Friday, July 29, 2011


Started on the lazarette sole but it goes acroos the 'hatch' for removing the prop shaft. But will split the ledger so the little hatch can be removed if the shaft has to be pulled. Some paint touchup needed!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Starting to think about the electrical system. 12 volt and fairly simple. Have 2 / 80 watt solar panels and 12 v fridge. The bank of breakers in front are what came off M.B. and the BEP ones at the back I had in my box.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


The 60 lit diesel day tank arrived the other day from Hamish - the stainless man. It is tall 1.2m andsmall in plan 200mm by 300mm so that we see some movement in the sight tube. I plan on the tube to be glass set in a routed wood facia. Glass will not go yellow over time as plastic does.Both the inlet and outlet are in the base with the inlet going up insde the tank and back down to almost the base (to stop frothing). Also put a sump in the base. Will be mounted in the wheel house so as to keep an eye on the fuel. Should last 10 hours or so at 6.5 kts

Monday, July 25, 2011


Friday late and both the large forward B.H. and the smaller 1/2 B.H. are glued and screwed in place - another big hoop jumped over. Beryl busy with vacuum cleaner and Marcus doing final inspection. Later I will sheathe them with T,G & V.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


All the 12mm (1/2in) ply fitted for the forward bulkhead, and are now pre painted with primer on forward side. No paint where glue is going of course. End grain - the achilles heel of plywood - is red leaded.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


put the floor in under where the atwartships double bunk goes. Also framing for the aft face to enable the floor 'ledger' to support the floor to the 'evening sallon' The bunk measres 2m by 1.3m and will be hinged on forward side to lift up for the underbunk stowage.
Workbenches installed out of 50mm (2in) Fir that were the accommodation combings before-nice and solid for bashing things on!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I split one of the laminated deck beams the other day as 30mm 'facing' beams on the bulkheads. The tg&v will bitt up to them and we will bolt right thru.


Our red lead pot is getting like a piece of sculpture! Before everyone jumps down my throat for using it I will explain- We are careful and only use it to bed two bits of wood together when they are not glued, or on the back of inaccessable places or on bolts. so there is none visible or touchable. There still is nothing,Isay again, nothing to compare!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Refer the July 11th for when this 1/2in copper bolt is home.About 16in long or 450mm. They are all in now.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Glued up the box section mast support as part of the forward new bulkhead. Also figured that it is much easier to install the floor and benches in the workshop BEFORE I sheathe the bulkhead- so busy on that at the moment. Making the bench tops out of the old accommodation combings which are 2in close grain Fir-something I can rally wallop on!Fotos tomorrow...

Sunday, July 17, 2011


PK's dinghy is nearing completion,and very nice it is too. Not so happy with the interior varnish-he thinks it was too cold.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


The final framing for the forward full bulkhead is now complete-or will be when I shape the camber to the top. Thinking about the mast support forward of the centre post shown. Tee or box shaped? Also must think of the workshop as much easier before the bulkhead is sheathed. Needs floor and benches. Thinking of reusing the 2" combings from the original aft accommodation...

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Have laminated up the final deck beam and it is larger than the others as the cabin carlins land on it. It is TOTARA a native glued with Gorilla Grip 2hr cure. Will clean up tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The wheelhouse has had its first coat of primer. But it is not in its final place I hear you say-but its good to get a head start. Burning and stripping the paint insde also.The rectangular hole in the front is air inlet,and will have a seat over it to act as a 'Dorade' box. The other is the outlet for the deck hose....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Anybody know the current location and status off TIAKINA The ex Wellington pilot boat of many moons ago?
Bit short of pics as working by myself and its a bit slower. Still on the 2 forward bulkheads...

Monday, July 11, 2011


New 1/2in copper bolts installed thru new bulkhead members. A little dab of red lead under the washer will do ya. They are driven in with the magic 'res-q-steel' I know the are not steel but the stuff is magic and we slather it on all bolts and they drive real easy.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Sorry, was in a bit of a hurry yesterday...
Here is a walk through starting at the bow..
Chain locker.
Workshop and tools, just full headroom here with a small floor area , separared with a full bulkhead which also supports the mast above. Aft of here is an atwartships double bunk. This is between the 2 bulkheads i am doing now. The bunk will hinge up along the forward long side to big space under.. Moving aft into the 'Evening Saloon' access from deck. .Has 2 setees MIRO fire ,hearth, mantlepiece, stereo,booshelves behind.There is a narrow 800 wide coach roof over both the saloon and bunk with a long 1200 sliding hatch, the roof of this cabin top will be removable for engine removable when required ( not in my lifetime!)
The bulkhead between here and engineroom has a removable door also. Will have to remove stove also of course.
The wheelhouse is above engineroom with the toilet (composting) is in the rear starboard corner, dry exhaust on c/l and goes up the steel mizzen mast above.
Aft of the wheelhouse and extending to the bulwarks both side is the 'Day Saloon' with a dinette to stbd which converts to guest double bunk and galley bench to port-remember have a lovely solid Kauri bench 2.7 long for here and 700 wide-will reduce to 600 I think. Ther is a custom wood range in the aft bulkhead.Under this saloon is the lazzarette, stores water tanks and 2 600w shelves that can be converted into 2 sea berths for passages, the motion here was fantastic comonig up from Bluff.
Then we have the verandah full width, The new roof will go over all. I know its a hard to read copy but try.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


As promised here are the 4 major drawings I have done, worked over, changed and modified of Mason Bay. They are reduced but maybe you can figure them out...

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Two completely new bulkheads are being fitted,thats 4 sides. They are fitted tightly but only glued with epoxy onto the stringers. The fit to the planking is red leaded only.Timber used is Lawsons Cyprus.There will be 12mm ply and 19mm tg&vfitted over later...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Got this far with installing the first part of the fuel nsystem-the part up to the pump to the transfer up to the wheelhouse day tank.I have since decided to remount the pump as the general opinion is that mounting this way may not be good for the shaft seal...any comments?
The shaft laying below is the last steering shaft ready to be slung under the deck beams sometime. Main boatbuilder still off work-forgot to mention he fell down and dislocated his thumb-in plaster for a few days yet. So am pushing on with the last of the clamps and beam shelves up forward.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


You may recall a foto posted here of the ferro replica of a NZ trading ketch the EDNA hauled on the slip here in Whangarei. Well Hudson is back and preparing a mast to help him get south to Nelson where Barbara is holding the fort. The mast is solid treated pine pole from a local timber yard. He has fittings from the original masts and some sails. They will all help the JP4 Lister....

Monday, July 4, 2011


Look what happens at smoko. Sketch by Marcus of a 36ft flat bottomed punt for the Gulf. Live in aft cabin, with just an open space forward for cargo or camp beds. He has a half size one now and sails regularly.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


While I am fitting the new bulkhead up forward-between the workshop and double bunk,the last of the old bulkheads was pulled out. Thought of saving the starboard side, but in the end why blink now! The on nearest the camera will be a partial oneseparating the bunk and the evening saloon.The double bunk goes atwartships on the level of the middle stringer between the 2 bulkheads. Maybe I will scan a plan to refresh tour memories...stand by.Here is one of the bolts we pulled out of the last bulkhead. The nut unwound off the inside (top right) but look at what was left of the head on the outside!
Needless to say all new copper this time round.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


This is the first in a line of fuel filters. I think it is original. I pulled it apart some time ago and installed a new gauze. Lookback to older posts.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Got to have plenty of plumbing bits to mix 'n match ! In my spare time ( ho,ho!) I potter away at the fuel line, fitting filters running fuel hose (Not Copper) Generally 1/2in from tanks to main sludge separator ( painted yellow) then to the 'fuelmag' on to Racor water sep, change to 3/8 to 12volt transfer pump to header Day Tank up in the wheelhouse. Will have to wait till we move it back into position....