Wednesday 25 November 2015


This week the Daves have created a mock up/ pattern of the cabin sides and roof in ply.

This will form the basis of the patterns for use with the iroko
planks bought last week.
It is great to see the planning moving so well.

A side view of the mock up.


 No one could name the rear portion of the cockpit so we all agreed to call it the " whooshy bit "

So the two Daves began creating the side pillars for the cabin using the first pieces of iroko.

Thursday 19 November 2015


After the blast of Abigail closely followed by Barney ,the ship was protected from the gales' full force by the castle walls, so work carried on as normal.

Apprentice Dave made a template for the final bulk head (wall ) and cut the finished piece from 1 inch thick ply and fitted it .This will support the chart table and beneath it the sink.

Shipwright Dave cut out and fitted the mast hole which will take a mast of 10 inch diameter.
( a telegraph pole is 8 inches in diameter ) 


 As the Iroko timber has arrived from Anglesey, Dave began to map out the cabin sides in ply


and then went walkabout to view the proportions from a distance.
He seemed quite pleased with the result but I dare say there will be many inputs before final design is implemented.
The temperature begins to fall and a chill is in the air but Pat arrived with cake and that spurred us onward !

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Big Blow Expected- Abigail   11th November

Because a storm is forecast for Friday, the annual boat" lift out" has been brought forward a day and started today, which took most owners by surprise.A number of skippers visited us in the hope of gaining wedges and props which we supplied for a donation ! Then one person asked if we could supply  4" x 4" sections so we told him him NO or words of similar meaning.

But the work continues on Helen II.
Apprentice Dave shows the art of Limbo dancing within the confines of  the forward bunk area he is building.This picture  shows the initial frame to support bunk 1.

The whole forward section is looking great !
I almost booked a berth in advance.
The white area will accommodate the toilet ( heads ) ,so any booking by me may need further consideration and distance !

Meanwhile shipwright Dave uses an adze for shaping a chunk of oak for the mast step .

Work suddenly halted this afternoon at 2-00 pm as the Daves went to Anglesey  to view and order wood for the cabin construction and Wednesday Phil went to a trustees' meeting.

Wednesday 4 November 2015

The Bunks Are Going Well      4th November 2015

 Shipwright Dave continues to work in the saloon creating slatted bunks. This will allow air to flow beneath them to prevent condensation and rot.


Dave prepares the port saloon locker above the bunk.

Apprentice Dave develops his love of grey .Having painted his sweater first, he continues the theme in the bow priming all bare wood.

This is today's view towards the stern (back) showing Dave's preferred colour scheme !

Some people ask," how come you still volunteer to work on Helen II ?"
I'll let tonight's picture at 4-45 pm explain .......................................

                                                          Enough said !