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.....

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Remember this drawer? Now working great. has 2 wheels at the back, so you take the weight on the handle and wheel it out, one two or three bays. It has two cleats to lodge it in wneh closed.

Really getting down to the small stuff now. Planning on a late November outahere to mooch the coast. cant wait!.....
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Friday, September 28, 2012



All these little jobs are getting done now with the trim around the double bunk now done. Found a lovely plank of IROKO in my pile and it was just long enough. Linseed oil finished and looks great...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012



Installed two deck prisms over the forward part of thr engineroom- what a difference down there.No longer a dark hole with permanent lights on, we had a shaft of sunlight! The bulkhead is painted white and reflecs a lot of light. Most pleased.
Still have 2 more, but not sure where to put them. "if in doubt, piss about".
The Admiral came up with a thought- maybe one in the aft deck to light the lazarette ? 
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Monday, September 24, 2012



Now in use is the new galley shelf, so no more sculling around and a place for the mugs...
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Thursday, September 20, 2012


I featured this sweet little diorama that was rescued by Marcus and given to me as I admired it. Now fitted in the Sleeping Cabin with a 'grain of wheat' bulb as a night light switch below. This bulkhead was just thick enough to house the diorama. It also provides access to some wiring behind by the way!......
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Finally got the Kauri trim fastened in place to cover the cabin combings to deck join. The timber almost has the same tone as the Pilularis. I would have preferred more tonal contrast - but hey its what I had....
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Sunday, September 16, 2012



Finally finished and oiled the floor to the sleeping cabin (formerly the evening saloon!)
Looking good, but like the deck saloon will take some months for the linseed oil to soak in and pollish up with use, esp bare feet....
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Friday, September 14, 2012


Now we have all chain rode the old anchor warp that came with the boat is off to the auction next week...
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Decided to not cut a hatch in the floor of the dinette floor. Just in Time!
So go the jigsaw out and cut the facing panel out and will make a large drawer with two wheels at the back (outboard) . Then lifting a handle on the front can roll the drawer out. Plan on using it for food- maybe tins? Will divide the drawer up into 3 sections, with the ready use in the front and little used at the rear.Very pleased with this decision- was a close call!
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Sunday, September 9, 2012



Progress report on the SPINDRIFT 10m trawler.( see previous posts).
Now fully planked and off the base.
There is a proposal to motorise it with radio control.
Maybe a full interior?
Will keep you all posted....
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Friday, September 7, 2012


My sailmaker passed away a couple of weeks ago - bother!- Great guy . Known him and Lesley for years, ever since Tasmania.
This is one of his boats that is looking for a new custodian.
22ft or so Atkin cold moulded by Cal Crookes.
If anyone interested leave me a note .....
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Thursday, September 6, 2012


Decided to put bookshelves and a desser atwartships at the level of the pencil lines on the engineroom bulkhead.So- have to reduce the size of the locker openings. Glued, fill and repaint and nobody will know!...
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012



Have now glued the kauri overlay to the plywood floor in the wheelhouse and deck saloon. Oiled with linseed and will even out over time. Used tempered hardboard as the 'seam' and used polyurethane glue. Remember this is the salvaged top layer of the original decvking that I cleaned up months ago.
I have enough left to floor the evening saloon as well. By the way Seem to be calling it the sleeping cabin...
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012



In 60kts and too shallow anchorage lost the side cheek of the spareman. There was a bit of a shake thre anyway so am now gluing on new cheek and will rivet thru with copper-see pencil marks..
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Monday, September 3, 2012


Returned from 3 months in the UK with her brother...
Dont know if anyone else is having trouble with Blogspot-but I am . Please be patient...