Jack found some more rot in the ’55 Continental this week. He removed the damaged frame piece and connecting piece and made new ones from fresh one to replace them. He coated the new pieces in epoxy to prevent future damage and is currently installing all the new pieces he’s made so far. He tightened the bolts on all the salvageable frames and made minor epoxy repairs where there were cracks and splits. Shane continued scraping old paint and varnish from the hull planks in preparation for sanding and refinishing. He also rounded out the steering column, removed dents, and primed it.
Nicolas worked on making the keel for the Lyman this week. He also made the side planks no. 3 from garboards, which required lots of beveling and making scarfs.
Shane helped Gary permanently install the last four planks to the hull bottom of the International 12.
Shane sanded, prepped, and applied the seventh and eighth coats of varnish to the transom of the Budsin.
For the Pelican, Shane built a small housing for the throttle control, key start switch, and battery gauge. He checked the installation of the moto and made small parts to adjust the fit. He also cut the motor shaft to length. Then he applied the first coat of varnish to the throttle box.
Shane sandblasted various parts of the KLC Engine for the 1956 17’ Sportsman, cleaned them, and gave them a coat of primer.
He also removed the shaft logs of the Piglet, cleaned them, sandblasted them, and primed them. He then took out the shaft log plates, cleaned them, and checked them for rot.
I hope everyone has a BLAST this weekend! Thanks for reading.
My family and I had a big move last week, so I wasn’t able to share the shop news with you all. Gary was supposed to blog in my stead, but apparently he decided to work on boats all week. I’ll forgive him.
So here’s the news:
This week, Nicolas worked on finishing the shaping and placement of the covering boards for the 18’ Continental. Shane fit the new spray rails and cut them to fit the transom and side spray rails. He then attached spray rails to the hull and continued fitting and shaping for about three more days.
Nicolas installed two more boards on the Lyman and made new scarfs for the next boards. He’s currently working on making a new keel piece to replace the rotten one.
Nicolas installed the starboard garboard (say that five times fast) and plank 1 for the International 12.
In the last two weeks, the 1955 Continental has become unrecognizable. After vacuuming and removing all debris, the team got together to roll it over to prepare for bottom work. Jack removed all the bottom planks, the transom planks, the lower side planks, the outer chimes, the gripe, and the keel to get them ready for refinishing or replacing. He also removed the damaged/rotten transom frame piece and broken frame piece no. 2. He then laminated five pieces of wood together for the new transom frame piece so it can take the exact shape of the old piece. Shane removed screws and cleaned up the hull bottom planks. He then sand blasted the steel and bronze small parts and removed the screws from the engine box to prep for sanding and varnishing. Jack and Shane are currently milling wood for new intermediate boards to replace the current damaged ones. The rest of the boards that Jack removed will likely be refinished rather than replaced, as they seem to be in good condition.
Shane applied two coats of varnish to the seats of the 18’ Sea Skiff, including the backs and other small pieces. He also applied two coats of varnish the interior and rails/coaming of the Piglet and one to transom of the Budsin. He then gave the spray rails a final coat of white paint.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week for more stuff about boats!
Our first week back in action, and there’s been a lot of it! After carefully sorting through and selecting mahogany for the Continental, Nicolas milled the remaining covering boards for the port and starboard sides. He also milled and shaped the transom covering piece. Shane has been working on cutting, shaping, and fitting splash rails for the sides and the transom.
For the Lyman, Nicolas prepared boards number three on both the starboard and port sides. He continued making, fitting, and gluing the new scarfs.
Shane prepped the trailer of the Celebrity for travel, adjusting bunks, checking the pressure, and installing the mast. It’s ready to go home! For the Piglet, Shane sanded, prepped, and applied the second and third coats of varnish to the rub rails, coamings, ceiling boards, etc.
Shane prepped, varnished, and prepped again the deck, coaming, and transom of the Budsin. It’s ready for the final coat! For the ’55 Continental, Shane removed the splash rails, which involves removing the bungs, unbolting, and cutting any stripped screws.
That's it for this week. Jack is out and we sure miss him! Hope everything had a safe and happy New Year's!
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