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.....

Friday, December 30, 2011


No new fotos to hand. Its all mucked up over this Xmas/new year period, but getting back to the rhythm So I thought I would go back to some original fotos of Mason Bay. Including the one where she is set up as a Trawler! she survived !
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Scored 2 lovely brass vents for the fuel tanks. Unfortunately the thread not quite long enough but then a thought- counterbore and recess them a/ neater b/ wont catch on anything!! Will of course prime and paint in there!

3 Weeks till Re-launch
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Got the cabin roof upsidedown and undercoating and topcoating--mistress painter at work!....
Really getting into these small rollers.
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Monday, December 26, 2011


This was the set back last week. When re-bending the shaped facia back around, the outer fibres, the ones in tension shattered. The inner compresion half all ok. So we have ;mowed' off the broken stuff and are laminating 3 layers of 5mm yellow cedar back on. Later on the others we took it much slower with lots of clamps and seem to be OK

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Our very own NZ christmas tree in full bloom outside our apartment. Took the day off!

Christmas geetings and a peacefull new year to all....
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Friday, December 23, 2011


EDNA and hudson with Rob set off down the river a few days ago for his home port of Nelson, on the top of the South Island. His JP 4 Lister chugging away she made a grand sight...
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Thursday, December 22, 2011


Fired up a friends steambox the other day tp help bend the 'facia' board round the roof to the wheelhouse. Later had some mini disaster but all fixable...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


All the 12mm ply is now laid ontop of the T&G to the deckhouse. Note all ply is half-lapped as we are not fibreglassing. Will keep painted just like the old days!...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011


The cabin top to the evening saloon and sleeping cabin now complete bar the painting and varnishing...
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Monday, December 19, 2011


Hatch to the 'top deck' the wheelhouse and deck saloon roof is trimmed out. Will have a cropped al ladder here and also a 'pulpit' above for safety's sake...
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Sunday, December 18, 2011


The wooden mast picked up in Bluff when picking up Mason Bay now has a straight base plate. Getting painted now.
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Saturday, December 17, 2011


Installed the diesel header or day tank in the wheelhouse corner complete with its plumbing back down to the motor. It is tall - 1.2m - and holds 60 lit. enough for 10 hours or so. The inlet pipe from a 12v fuel transfer pump enters the bottom goes internally up inside and then back down to 200mm from the bottom to stop 'frothing'. The outlet goesback down to the last filter before the lift pump. There is also a sump with tap to evacuate any water and debris. Planning on a glass sight tube set in a piece of timber - glass will not disscolour like plastic does.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011


Finally got the engineers to cut and weld up the engineroom exhaust pipes. I made new gaskets and am lagging at the moment. We then will move up to the muffler and on up the chain...

By the way have booked relaunching on Wed 18th Jan. Will only be warping 20m to a mud berth, but at least be in the water and Mason Bay can start to take up....
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


All 12 windows where glued in last weekend. The closeup detail shows the 'dam' of 3mm sq foam plastic beading with stickyback. this means no masking on the inside. There is a special nozzle for the gun with a 'v' shape on one side which lays a mountain ridge of 7003 goop. This ensures contact with the glass and as it is pressed in spreads to fill the space still leaving the 3mm or so behind the glass.The outside is then masked and the goop laid in and tooled to a bevel -like putty glazing. Got all that !!
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


So the steering is now in full operational mode with the last chain fitted. Also the Morse control cables for gearbox thottle and cut now installed.
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Monday, December 12, 2011


This is what the new helm looks like in position.Note also engine controls installed. The one on the right is the 'stop' lever. Below is the autopilot and I have not trimmed any wires as you can see!
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Sunday, December 11, 2011


Finally got the new laminated rim glued and fastened to the original helm. It is now ay home getting a few coats of varnish. Will try mounting tomorrow- Monday.
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Saturday, December 10, 2011


Started on the sliding hatch to the evening saloon. The teak hatch standing in the background.
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