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, August 31, 2013


Glued the sisal rope I have been saving for years in the groove as a fender strip. It is just big enough to be outside the cap rail.
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Monday, August 26, 2013



Now taped all the bulkheads in with 600gm double bias. I will make the centre section each sde as lockers with rain-tight hatches.The battery for the elec outboard will stow up forward with hatch over, and will put a hatch aft also.
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Friday, August 23, 2013


Finished cap rails and started on interior fitout with bulkheads fitted and spotted but not taped-in. Will do all the taping in one go.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013



Lasat weekend took Mason Bay down to the harbour mouth for a 'Junket' a gathering of Junks!
Found the original "Shoestring' now a 3 masted junk.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013


Shaping up the cap rails out of hardwood, using the simple system of scribing off one side and gluing on the other. I love the system as no timber wasted!
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Sunday, August 11, 2013


Scarffed together full length gunwales and gloed on the shorter ones on the raised 'poop' .
Why is it you can never have too many clamps!?
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Friday, August 9, 2013


Cleaned up the foam filler I fired in beside the inner stem and glassed over the lot and onto each hull side.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013


Work has slowed on the dinghy at the moment. But managed to glass all the end-grain of the plywood stern knee. Also filled the internal doublers on the transom to seal thye end-grain and shed water.
Involved with design work and Moerangi refit.
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Monday, August 5, 2013


Work has started on Moerangi with repairs to some patches of rot both port and starboard. and guess where? yes at the lowest part of the deck sheer! This boat is a Logan launched in 1901, so 112 years old.This is the 3 skin system that was pioneered by the Logan Bros. It is 2 diagonals skins of 3/8" and  fore and aft planked with 3/4" All Kauri of course and on 4 of 8" by 3" stringers fore and aft.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013


Took a trip up north the other day with a trailer to pick up some heart KAURI a softwood prime boatbuilding timber. Marcus needed some for a repair to his round-bilged Spencer, which is 2 skins.
These planks are left over from a build and are 150 (6in) wide and milled to 6mm (1/4in) and 4.5m long say 14ft.He is very lucky!
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