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.....

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Erected scaffolding all along port side ready for hull work. Got lots of fastening holes to putty. Also some seams need a spline as over the years been a bit mashed.Planning on completing one side first.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Made the plywood air intake for the motor. There is an opening in the front of the wheelhouse,and this trunking directs it to the engineroom. It is planned to have a built-in seat in the front of the wheelhouse to act as a 'dorade box'. It is noted that diesel motors gobble up large amounts of air!.I have left a wire-sized slot you can see ( it has a lite lead going down at the moment) I am hoping to get wiring and control cables up thru here.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


This double-hung alloy boat window came from a skip. Just my price-thanks David! It is counterballanced with ss spring steel, the 3 things hanging down. It will fit in the galley facing forward port side. I will be able to scape the galley bits into a 200 liter plastic drum on the deck outside, it is a bit of a dead end space there. Also plan on composting toilet so that will be emptied there too. When full will be sold for garden compost to highest bidder!!!
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Sunday, September 25, 2011


Port side,amidships, was a large butchered seam that needed a spline glued in.Ran up a kauri one and epoxied it in and used some wood wedges to give me a caulking seam below. Starting to think about some other seams that need work and the hull generally.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011


Bought this ss chain stopper at the Auckland boat show last week. Sized for 1/2 inch - we will see....
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Friday, September 23, 2011


Thats what I call the forward end of the wheelhouse.The helm will be here as it was before. The box under is the air inlet to engineroom and motor of course.Three panels under the centre removable easily but the the other two can be unscewed if neccesary. The port one will be hinged acrossthe centre,with the top folding down to get at wiring.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Got the mounting bracket for the hydraulic motor back and tried mounting. All ok, so now at the sandblasters complete with the mounting bracket for the pump in the engineroom. then quotes for the piping (hope I'm sitting down when they come in!)
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The hunt continues for trhe last of the steel nails. Mostly in the wheelhouse. What works is to cut them short on the inside, say 4-5mm ,locate and remove the stopping on the outside, then with a short,sharp blow with a hammer,punch them out far enough to grab with a set of pincers.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Just setting up the camber in the cabin top. There will be two beams flowing aft from the wheelhouse to two posts at the stern - here represented by pieces of timber we had lying around. There are struts from the shed roof to induce the nice shear and then we placed a roof beam over just to get an impression. It is NOT the same shear as the deck. I believe that no two horizontal lines in a boat should be parrallel, which includes waterline, boot-top, cove stripe, rubrail,deck, toerail, caprail, cabintop. So you get minus points from me if you put a 3 by 1 toerail fore and aft screwed onto the deck!It should be high at the bow tapering down to lowest freeboard and then raising slightly to the stern. Hey, that's enough for now - golly its hard to get lines right in the shed.
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Monday, September 19, 2011


The cill to the rear bulkhead has been gooped down. This defines the rear verandah (outside) from the deck saloon (inside).There will be a door on the centreline. I'm thinking of heavey jambs to the door, with hole for wooden pegs to support a heavey cross bar just in case we have to tow somebody. It is forward of the rudderpost, so you have steerage. In the next day or two will be drilled for copper bolts down thru the beam directly below in the Lazarette.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011


Borrowed a boring bar for the long big hole thru the deck for the anchor chain. 65mm dia and thru 90mm of spare man,90mm of blocking,12mm ply, 20mm t&g, 50mm of blocking. now all back and anchor winch installed.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011


Did the final demo work and pulled out the helm and its two sprockets - one for steering chain and one for autopilot. New bearing required for the front one, probably due to wet hands over 50 years! Will rebuild the 'dashboard completely.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011


The two topgallant rails up forward finally glued and screwed in place. this is the port one.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Came up the ways a few days ago to remedy some leaks. Don't know that much about her except was once owned by Barry Crump.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Decided to add 100mm to nothing wedge to the bottom of the combing to the forehatch so that the hatch is level. The deck slopes up towards the bow which I like. The level top may turn out to be a handy worktop. Will plug the hole drilled in for the bilge pump on the way up from Bluff.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011


Portside aft scupper had had a smash sometime,so a bit of a rebuild.Also reducing the size to half as the aft bulkhead to deck saloon goes atwartships here. Besides the verandah will have a roof over and as the deck saloon goes from gunnel to gunnel no waves will sweep down to these.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Have dissmantled the exhaust and muffler. Bought new ss bolts and nuts and new gasget. Muffler seems in really good shape.The original ss 'funnel' is getting some welding work done on the access panel.
Meantime the last of the deckhouse beams have come off the production line. Planning on thicknessing them all tomorrow when Beryl can tail for me!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Work progressing on the hydraulic anchor winch. Still need some welding work done to mount the Motor. It all seems to be working out OK. The gypsy goes between the two posts as does the Spare Man
Getting the chain below is exercising the mind,plus thinking of ss caps on the posts with cleats on top of.
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Monday, September 5, 2011


For fixing down the wheelhouse the bottom board was removed and replaced with a hardwood one,rebated along the top to recieve an 18mm ply and a 12 mm one. the cills will be bedded on 4mm of sealant adhesive. Let it cure for a few days then drill for 3/8 copper bolts down through the deck and beams below. These will be torqued up after the sealant has cured- a gasket if you like.
The vertical posts will then be glued and screwed to the cills. These cills also go athwartships when the cabin goes to the bulwarks, and are connected with dovetails.
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Friday, September 2, 2011


Left my camera at work! So here is an occasional dip into my files .Have always had a soft spot for this boat. Moored in Havelock ( and next door is that lovely TAURANGA at least she was untill she was 'converted'. To my mind not a success.. but hey thats just me./...)
Quite small one maybe 38 and a Gardner 5Lw? Lovely sheer and stern.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011