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.....

Monday, October 31, 2011


Getting most of the window cills and nogs done to the deck saloon. Here on the starboard side yhe 2 end ones are windows ans the centre one a nog. actually the table will attach in the centre
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Saturday, October 29, 2011


The double hung aluminium window now installed. Just fitted =bear in mind it was rescued from a skip by a mate! Still need to make the waterproof 'box' to drain overboard. Will also need some clamps for the sash when closed. It is counterballanced by the 3 spring steel straps you can see under the cill. The galley bench will rest on that cill. There is a fixed window to the left. Glass needs cleaning!
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Friday, October 28, 2011


Got the old steel mainmast back from the welders, blasted and primed. Now has the 2 top coats done by the master painter.Remember the exhaust goes up this mast all the way to the top and exits in the rear 1/4 of the truck. the pipe will go about a meter up then expand to the full 150mm and will be located by the 4 pinch bolts. the exhaust is 75mm and mast 150. There are vents at the base to allow air in to cool mast.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Still working on the hull, portside.Have scored the actual waterline in, and now have to do the vertical offset for the boot top. Hope all correct!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011


This is the flow and return hydraulic deck fitting - now installed as the hose guy is coming on Monday to run the hoses. I have bored thru 4 bulkheads and struck 2 ss screws, wrecked the 32mm spade bit!
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Friday, October 21, 2011


Heres that detail from yesterday with the ply bulkhead glued and screwed in place. I think it is agreat detail - you only need 4mm or so to cover the rough ply edge. thr polyurethane glu will be cleaned off, an easy job andthe screw holes filled and sanded.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Look carefully at this little detail. This is where the long beam passes through a bulkhead. Tomorrow will show you how it looks with the plywood fitted....
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Or lintle over the window,fwd, stb, dinette. The rebate is for the 18mm plywood or laminated glass which will be glued in like bus windows.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Somrthing new! - Inside shot of one of our previous yachts AVA ALAKWE 12m gaff cutter,plywood,hard chine,lee-boarder.
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Monday, October 17, 2011


Fastening down the rebated floor cills ready for thr 12mm ply bulkheads in the wheelhouse. Spaces as labeled.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011


Final gluedown of the deck saloon/wheelhouse/poopdeck roof now done. Went smoothly enough, but had to put two spanish windlesses to make sure no spreading. Also the odd clamp. The epoxy cleanup took the time.
Still more to do before the start of laying the t&g. The lintle over the rear partition, and the two small ones at the front, and the blocking for the mizzen mast/exhaust.
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Friday, October 14, 2011


Preparing the roof of the wheelhouse, deck saloon and poop deck. It is being treated as a complete roof PLANE and was raised and lowered several times on ropes from the shed roof above. Temparary fore and aft timber straps were screwed to the top of all the beams. Deeper notches cut in the outside fore and aft beams and just correction notches to the inner fore and aft beams to correct for camber. These beams are a continuation of the sides of the original wheelhouse. After a weeks work the lot was finally lowered down on epoxy yesterday - fotos tommorrow.....
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Thursday, October 13, 2011


All 20 deck saloon cabin top beams, laminatede a few weeks ago, have all been located numbered and marked for arrissing. They where then undercoated and sanded and top coated. they are now ready for installing - actually they wre glued in place today 13th but fotos will come !!!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


There are two posts right at the transom to support the rear ends of the longitudinal beams that support the cabintop cross beams. They are tennoned and glued top and bottom and will have a copper bolt thru the bulwarks.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Made and installed the 2 hatches, lazarette and engineroom in an attempt to reduce shavings, dust and crap filtering down. Later there will be 16mm of Kauri deck planking overlay in the deck saloon and wheelhouse and poop deck.
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Monday, October 10, 2011


The posts are now glued and bolted in place.Four on Starboard and five on port as the cabin extends one bay further forward on port. Note that the four corner posts that are open to the weather are bedded on polysuphide bedding compound
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