The Proposition

This is clearly a boat worth buying

  • Age – unknown
  • Designer – unknown
  • Construction – steel
  • Condition – dirty, a bit rusty
  • LOA – uncertain, might be 40′
  • Draught – unknown, but probably 2m
  • Survey opinion – no survey possible, no access allowed

Price – £1 (but sealed bids really)

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Restoration Time Line

There are details of many of these steps in the Diary section.

2014

July  
August  
September  
October Purchase confirmed
November Out of the water
December Removing contents

 

Deciding on a name

2015

January  
February Engine out
March Washing the inside

 

Start replacing the floor

April Start grinding the rust and mud of the inside
May Relaying the floor
June Engine back in

 

Patching thin spots in the hull

Grit blasting the hull and a first coat of primer

Repainting

July  
August  
September  
October Remove the masts and sheet up for winter
November Developing scale drawings in Visio
December Cutting out the old cockpit and welding in a new one and constructing an Anchor Locker

2016

January Welding up remaining holes and flange round cockpit access

 

Stripping deck head planking

Grinding back deck-head surface

February Start interior painting

 

Repair to wheel

Further work on forward hatch surrounds

Stripping off Dog House fittings including side windows

Investigate compass repair

March Grinding Dog House and start to re-paint
April Decisions about paint scheme
May Into the shed for hull painting
June Grinding and painting the deck

 

Stripping deck fittings

Start constructing Dog House window

July  
August  
September  
October Finished fitting the Dog House window
November  
December

Decided on pipe run and fittings for the steering

2017

JanuaryGot the last bits for the steering
Winch cleaning
Started a 3D drawing of Joss
Designed the detail of the pipe run
FebruaryDesigned the placement of the engine controls
Fitted deck drains
MarchDeck cleaning and re-painting
Re-bedding deck fittings
AprilRe-bedding deck fittings
Re-fitted the binnacle
Making washboards
MayContinued re-bedding deck fittings
JuneFitted the new hydraulic steering pipes
Looking at the age of the boom – seems to be early 1970s
JulyFitting new conduit down the inside of the mast
Lights and radio at the masthead
AugustTrying to fix the remaining fixings for deck fitting
SeptemberStarting to paint inside
Re-fitting the floor beams?
OctoberOctober
Found an old nest inside the boom
Mast stepped
Reconnecting the engine to the drive shaft
NovemberResetting the engine – ready to reconnect electrics
DecemberBuilding the frame to fit over the engine

2018

JanuaryContinuing to build the frame
February
March
AprilFitting the frame to the engine
MayFitting soundproofing under the engine
JuneLaying the main floor
JulyPurchased windlass, designing electrics
AugustVarnished washboards and hatch cover
SeptemberRe-Fitted propeller
OctoberElectrics done for windlass and connected up (first time)
Try out of windlass
November
December

2019

January
FebruaryGround a small patch beneath the exhaust in a bag
Internal painting
Started looking at wind generator
MarchFlooring in the fore peak
Reworking the wiring (lost starter nut by flywheel)
Laid out roof lining to see spacing
Cleaned and serviced whisker poles
April
May
June
July
August
SeptemberMoved old kitchen unit in as a workbench
Fitted mains charger and voltage regulator
OctoberFitted depth gauge and log
Started flooring aft of engine
November
December

2020

JanuaryFlooring laid in aft section
FebruaryFloor laid either side of engine
MarchMoved kitchen unit to be worktop where galley will be
Created heads compartment
Cleaning self steering gear

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