Wednesday 17 August 2016


 This week, the covering of the roof with fibreglass and epoxy began.Due to the heat this week ,the glassing needs to be done quickly as the epoxy goes hard swiftly.
So both Daves worked together.

 Today,   Ellie Roddick the daughter of  Jamie  Roddick in whose memory the boat was gifted, came to see progress with her mum Claire Roddick. Both were invited into the boat.

As we were about to glass part of the roof, Ellie was invited to write a message on the woodwork. 
She wrote a personal note in her dad's memory.
This was then epoxied over and will remain on the boat for its lifetime.

 The roof was covered and will be left overnight to set hard before sanding down.

Wednesday Phil and Sandy continued caulking after a big tidy up in and around the boat.
Several trustees came to see progress prior to their monthly meeting.None noticed how tidy the yard was ! HUMBUG!!!

Thursday 11 August 2016


There seems to be a stop start progress at present as the jobs become detailed and need preparation work .
Apprentice Dave has prepared the ceilings (side planks) to fit on the starboard bunk.These are painted and ready to fit, but first he has sealed all the joints behind these planks with red lead to stop any condensation getting in to rot the wood.Click on the picture to see an enlarged view.

Shipwright Dave has set in two new half beams at the stern to take a fiddlestick (flat beam) to sit the rear part of the well on. This is where the crew will sit .
The work is precise and detailed.

An observer may notice that Wednesday Phil and Sandy have been busy painting all the interior and half beams in grey primer... or where this has already been done we have used white undercoat.
Both emerged spotty but happy to continue caulking!!!!!!

 Wednesday Phil spends a lot of time with all new volunteers showing them basic skills .Many seem to think the idea of working on the project is somehow romantic and when they realise it is often repetative and hard work ,they soon disappear !
One gentleman lasted half a day.
Sandy seems a " goodun " as she repeatedly returns on a regular basis and is always smiling and positive.

This week Shipwright Dave has also been working out the angle and position of the propeller and shaft while going "brum brum  brrrrrrrr !"
This will help with the positioning of the engine.
Well that's what he told me ! 
Wednesday Phil is very concerned about this as he thought most boats had metal propellers.

Tuesday 2 August 2016


.It was a busy day on the quay with many people stopping to ask questions

Alan Sharp ,one of the trustees came to view the progress and practice his "hello Sailor " technique.

Shipwright Dave made the corner posts for the well.

 Wednesday Phil took some time off from caulking to paint in the cabin space as this is another priority and he got back ache from limbo  dancing under the waterline area.Notice the joy in his face!!

Then the planer blades became damaged by a hidden nail and they need replacing before it can be used again as it leaves marks on the wood. So at present all planing is by hand.

If you click on the picture,  you can see an extra  half inch  piece of wood added to the deck beam  and faired in . This is because the beam dropped after drying out and would have left a space when the deck was added.
Well that's what they told me !

The view  aft at the end of the day.