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.....

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Production line of 16 lengths of Lawsons T&G being undercoated and one top coat all being ready for the wheelhouse and deck saloon cabin top...hope we have enough! This roof is as big in sq meterage as the main deck! Don't take any notice of the guy climbing the tarp on the outside...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Started adapting the original external muffler casing (funnel) for internal installation around the muffler.The exhaust is planned to go up the centre of the aft end of the wheelhouse and discharge up the mizzen mast which is the old drawn pipe main mast. This will get the exhaust away from the sails -and humans! To this end have cut an access panel in the side which unbolted will enabkle muffler removal.To help reflrct the heat have removed the paint and black soot and will polish the stainless.Need some tabs and nuts welded on.
Meanwhile I continue to make 2 deckhouse roof beams a day.
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Monday, August 29, 2011


As promised here is the completed main deck! So nice to have it back....
All energy now on the wheelhouse and deck saloon.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011


Finally finished gluing down the 12mm ply overlay on the decks. All countersunk screw holes are filled and sanded.
So nice to get the deck back!!!
Sunday-- the deck got 3 coats of JOTUN grey primer. Also final top coat down in the evening saloon and bunk area. No camera so will update next week.
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Friday, August 26, 2011


Got a production line going for the 20 3.8m long cabin top beams for the wheelhouse.deck saloon , and veranda. They are laminated with 3 laminations and glued with Polyurethane.We have changed from 'Gorrilla Grip' to Sika's 'Super grip ' 2 hour cure.We have to say it is much easier to use and seems more economical. Price is about the same.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Engineroom bulkhead now finished and ready for painting. Also installed are the two posts to support the fore and aft carlin. There is still some trim to do around the partial bulkhead, but leave for later. That pretty much finishes down here .Will do the final pinting in the coming weeends.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Laying the plywood overlay on top of the 19mm T&G.The T&G was run as a 'doublesided' run to eable the use of the best face. This then leaves a groove on the top side. However using the special polyurethane glue as it foams it fills the groove,no strength but alsao no gaps!Not the half lap on ply joints.
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Monday, August 22, 2011


First two sheets of the 12mm plywood is laid and glued.Note that the sheet carries around the corners of the opening for the cabin to act as a lodging knee and carry the stresses around the corner.We are compressing the glue with 316 passivated ss screws, countersunk. and vinylester filler over.Note no screws around the cabin as we will be drilling for copper bolts there and dont want to hit ss screws!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011


Cutting the 40mm rebate into the covering board,which is surprisingly good nick (maybe replaced when new bullwarks where installed in 1985 by Miller and Tonnage?)Anyway the plan is to overlap the seam between the lower layer and the top layer in the deck. Here is the aft part which will have recovered kauri from the original top layer. This will be inside the wheelhouse, deck saloon and verandah at the rear. This already has a layer of 18mm ply. Forward of the wheelhouse over the T&G we will lay the 12mm ply. Both the kauri and 12mm ply will set in glue in the rebate. The decks should be 100% waterproof!- weve heard this before? Joints in adjoining sheets of plt are half rebated.
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Friday, August 19, 2011


Getting ready to lay the 1/2in 12mm marine ply overlay.want to do this before the cills for the wheelhouse are installed. This will keep the end grain of the ply inside the house. The covering board is rebated to allow the ply to run over the junction of the T&G to covering board. Each sheet will be half lapped to its neighbour.Using polyurethane foaming glue-2 hour cure and 100% waterproof.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011


Cut the roof off the wheelhouse and Hudson has bagged it for EDNA.
It will be qicker and easier to make 20 new cabin top beams and put a new roof on.Plus may put some insulation in it for trips to cold places. Hope we have enough T&G?
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Wheelhouse now back in original position.Rolled on pipe rollers.In correct location ans marked on the deck.Now lifted up as the bottom board will be cut off which will will remove all the old steel holding down bolts.This will be replaced and bolted down with copper.then lower the house and bolt the uprights to the cills---got it?
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Completed laying the T&G to the foredeck and its great to get the deck back again.No more crawling along the 'Peanut Gallery' I think we have enough T&G for the cabin top for the wheelhouse,deck saloon and verandah. Moved the 'smoko'chairs back on board.
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Monday, August 15, 2011


Started lining the forward face of the engineroom bulkhead with T&G.Remember this has a hatch to remove the motor should this become necessary,so will have to make sure it can still be removed.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011


A few months back I showed a snap of EDNA, well now she has some sticks....

Wejust got back from a half day on the boat, painting, cleaning up, trip to the tip etc.
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Friday, August 12, 2011


The bulkhead separating bunk from the workshop is now sheathed in T&G and undercoated.Started work on the partial bulkheads aft that separate the bunk from the evening saloon sofas. decided to put facing trim on top to match the deck half beams - will add later.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011


Hardwood - PILULARIS - pad for under the mastand sits on the mast compression post shown previosly.Had to install this item before the decking could begin.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Big day on Monday as the T&G underlay for the foredeck is started. Working from the centre line out..

Now ready for the first full length ones..

Working on out and the cabin opening showing up..

Looking forward and great to walk on. be fantastic to get a deck back again. Planning on 12mm plywood over this 19mm T&G

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