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Start of the Winter refit, the boat is lifted out of the water at Dunstaffnage Marina. unfortunately due to the road problems on the Rest and Be Thankful we had to wait a couple of weeks before the next stage



She is lifted on to the low loader to make her journey from Oban to Clydebank

then she was secured in place on the low loader

Then at 11.00 our police escort arrived and it was time to head off

and up out the yard onto the main road

Another transporter joined our convoy and was with us all the way down to Cumbernauld, below is us heading towards the Taynult bridge.

Once she arrived at the Rothsey Dock Boat Yard she was lifted off the lowloader and sat up on blocks ready for the work to comence


Well we started on her today by emptying out the fuel tanks; while that was happening it was a case of remove all the electrics from the cab.
When she came out of the water I noticed that the starboard keel was spayed out by a couple of degree's so finding the cause of this was high on the agenda. First job was to remove the carpet from the inner cab and in doing that I found a couple of problems. The glassing at the top of the strengtheners on the starboard side had cracked so it was now a case for finding out what had caused the cracks. This wasn't too difficult to trace as it could only really be thing.. the main supporting beam that holds the hull together and in the correct shape. The beam and bulkhead was two of the only parts of the boat that I never replaced when I first re built her.... big mistake
I discovered that the hardwood beam was in fact only soft wood and very soft at that This meant that the securing bolts holding the centre part of the hull up against the beam had pulled out through the soft wood causing and thus allowing the starboard hull to splay out.
So now I've got another job on to the list I already have


I did a bit more work on her today and I think I've found the cause of the problem. Water seems to have seeped in through a small crack between the bulkhead and the cab roof, it's then got into the plywood and worked it's way down and into the adjoining beam. i pulled away some of the ply and it was sodding by also had white fungus in it. So I now know what has caused the beam to go soft. It looks like the boat will be moved midweek into a new space so come the weekend I can really get stuck into the work.


was over at the boat at lunchtime today and decided to take some pictures of the problem areas
This is the bulkhead where the damage started, the water managed to get In at the top of the ply and seep down allowing wet rot to creep in. The ply and beam were that soft I removed that material in seconds with my fingers. Lesson learnt.. don't cover up bulkheads with carpet.

As a result of that wet rot infecting the main beam it allowed the centre hull to drop by roughly 1". You can see clearly the gaps between the wood and the wood & hull

With the centre hull dropping roughly 1" it caused the starboard keel to splay out by around 2 degrees

So the job for this weekend is to remove both engines & gearboxes. Then level up the boat and jack the hulls back into the correct shape. Then clamp it in that position so that the beams can be replaced inside


Well today Linda and myself spent the morning working on the boat, in the space of 2 hrs we had managed to remove both engines and split the gearboxes off them. The prop shafts are now removed with only the stern glands to come out now. The engine bay's were both power washed down and cleaned up a bit.
So tomorrow it's get the engines & boxes over to storage at my Dads, then remove the stern glands. We will probably level the boat off also and see if we can get her jacked back into shape


been working on the boat myself for the last two days, I still managed to get the inner cab completely cleared out of everything that wasn't glassed in. I've removed all the through hull fittings with the exception of the anodes & exhaust outlets as my arms weren't long enough to hold the bolts on the outside I also levelled the boat off and jacked the starboard keel in 2 " but it still has a bit to go. I have to wait till the outer cab is removed before it will go back into it's correct shape.
Today I started to lift the deck.. ouch.. the glass was fine though I cant say the same for the ply I was removing it in handfuls as it was that bad and completely sodden, it is also full of fungi
So next up is removing the rest of the deck, then the outer cab. Once that is done she is going to be down to a bare hull again Then it's a good clean out with a fungicide and the rebuild begins


Yes Phil I think she has earned it, we were down there for a few hours today. Linda is now got her ticket for using a 4" angle grinder and 2' crowbar at one point she was attacking the deck like a woman possessed
Anyway the deck has now been removed, only the framing to come out. I removed the stern rail and the main transom beam so all that's left to be removed is the framing and the outer cab.. then the rebuild begins


Spent a bit more time down at the boat today and removed most of the framing round the transom, I also took some pics of her.
first up is a pic of the handrail around the bow for Sammyjo

This is the framing that was under the Glass & ply deck, you can see how sodden the wood was as that's the stain from it all over the hull

This is a closer view looking toward the outer cab

After taking this lot out

this is how it looks now

In the bottom centre of the picture above is the inside part of one of the two patches that are to be replaced, this is the centre one viewed from underneath and the other is just at the stern.


Well, Thats the boat nice an snug in its wee Temporary home for a few weeks. We did this yesterday...and ran out of wood...200mtrs too....the Blue tarpualins will be being replaced by the same setup as on the rear of the boat...

The Celtic Support, as the H & S.guy wasnt doing his job properly....Especially taken for Gordon (Ticketty)

Billy The Joiner doing "The Titanic Experience"

We also had visitors,..Woss all this then ??

The last piece of wheelhouse comes off.. Timberrrrrrrr !!


Well I toddled down to the boat this morning through a dusting of snow.. got the gear set up and started doing a bit of sanding as prep work before I get to the stage of glassing. The phone goes and it's our Norrie " are you down at the boat" was the question" then "good cause we are on our way over"... so change of plan
I removed the tarps that were on the front of the boat and started to get everything set up for building the second half of the Wendy house. Unfortunately we were that busy (even Norrie) we never got a chance to get any pics of the finished product (I'll do that tomorrow) but the boat is now totally covered, warm and dry so I've no excuses now

Davy, I got a couple of crap pics on my fone, but it was getting they are...will just have to do for now..

Imagine ME forgetting my camera....thats what comes of getting dragged out my bed on a saturday morning...

Number 666 Glasgow Road , Clydebank , ask for Samantha !!! ... Pity we could'nt put those new Marley roof tiles on...but Council Tax is dreadful on a second home


Well the wendy house is doing it's job, today outside was 5 degrees, inside was sitting at 16 degrees but still rising when I left. Humidity has went from 98% down to 71% so things are looking good for getting started on the rebuild soon. I've ordered the new deck beams (pitched pine)and they should be ready to collect next Tuesday.

The boat is sitting almost bang on level and after a fair bit of messing about with jacks she is also sitting in the correct shape with both keels sitting at 90 degrees. Also the 1" gap between the hull and the main beam has closed up to nothing so it's all looking good. Tomorrow I'm getting the marine ply for the new bulkheads so will be able to get them cut and dry fitted.

The big job I have now prior to anything being fitted back on is the preparation of the hull. I spent 4 hrs this morning with a belt sander and have about 1/2 of the port hull done.. so plenty more sanding to do


Well tomorrow is D Day, the day I start putting things back on the boat

The job for tomorrow is to fiberglass up both patches on the centre hull and epoxy in the cab supports back in place so things are going in the right direction now

I only have 2 bits still to remove, the main support beam and the main cab bulkhead. I don't want to remove these until the replacement parts are ready. The deck beams should be ready by mid week and fingers crossed i should be starting to fit them by next weekend


Well today went well, first off was a trip over to the other side of Glasgow with the trailer to collect the new deck beams & main beam. I had been laminating them up myself but time is at a premium now so opted for 3" x 2" pitched pine beams (same as what was on the boat). I got 8 off 3" x 2" x 12', 6 off 3" x 2" x 14' and 1 off 2" x 10" x 12' and a bundle of offcuts for £120 quid so was well pleased.
I'll get them cut to size and shape, dry fit them then give them a few coats of epoxy just to seal them.

Back at the boat we unloaded the trailer and stacked the wood underneath the hull just to make sure it stayed dry. As the sun started to come out the temperature shot up to 20 c in the hut so It was full steam ahead with the fiberglassing. We had a wee production line going with Linda cutting the chop strand mat and me laying it up and after a couple of hours work, quite a few meters of matting and a couple of gallons of resin We managed to have one patch finished and the other 90% done. All we were short of was some filler for round the edges, so that will be done first thing tomorrow and the glassing finished.


Well things are starting to go back on the boat at last

yesterday I made up the new main beam out of a 10" x 2" x 12' bit of pitched pine, it's a fair bit more substantial than the one that was on her so should add to the strength. I also opted to form the bottom of the beam to fit the hull rather than fitting a piece of wood as packing. This is it sitting alongside the old beam prior to the dry fit.

Once the dry fit was done, I filled the old screw holes and drilled new ones through the centre of the hull. Then I put down a bed of epoxy and secured the beam from underneath with some temporary screws ( will replace these with heaviest gauge screws as soon as I get them). I then gave the whole beam a coat of epoxy just to seal it before it's glassed in.

Today we started on the deck beams and managed to get 5 out of the 7 shaped and cut to size. Now I need to notch them out and epoxy them before fitting to the boat. We also made up the 2 new bulkheads for each hull out of doubled up 12mm marine ply. I've brought them up the road so that I can give them a coat of epoxy before they are fitted to the hull & deck beams.

I've also ordered up the new 1 1/8" dia prop-shafts and new stern gear to suit and a full set of new engine mounts as the nuts had fired up on a couple of them.

I'll probably have an evening or two down working on her this week since I'm giving myself this weekend off for a spot of fishing


I was working at my proper work today so nothing done on the boat during the day

I nipped over to the yard at lunch time to check the readings on the temp gauge.. 19 degrees with 52% humidity .. superb

this evening I've took over the kitchen and started to give the bulkheads a coat of epoxy to seal them before I fit them on the boat


well that's the bulkheads given a coat of epoxy and are now ready for final fitting

Today I turned my attention to the repair / refurb of the gearboxes, as the 1.91 counter rotational box is obsolete and in the worst condition I had decided to try and obtain a refurbed counter rotational 2.1:1 box to match my other one. Well someone upstairs is definitely smiling on me just now, I happened to mention to the yard manager about this and he said he might have something in the workshop that might interest me... low and behold it was a completely refurbed counter rotational 2.1:1 box still in it's wrapping, so tomorrow it's negotiations time


Anyway I went back down to the boat this evening and checked the bulkheads still fitted in their positions, I cant fix them in yet as they are going to be attached to the cross beams also to give added strength. So the next job is to fit the last two cross beams and the 4 longitudinal beams, mark out where they all have to be notched out for the joints between them.


Well I didn't plan on doing any work on the boat this weekend as I had intended to spend 2 days up in the frozen North east of Scotland trying to get my first ever Turbot. As I had managed to catch one during the meet I decided to head down the road last night and spend today working on the boat.

So the plan was to finish cutting the deck beams and dry fit them all, unfortunately the tarp on the roof of the shed was starting to develop a few holes so the boat wasn't as dry as I had been expecting

So the first job was to rig up another Tarp inside the shed covering the whole boat, once that was done and the deck dried up I got back to the job in hand. I had managed to cut a few of the cross members to size last week so I only had two cross members left to do. I then had to notch out the beam at the main beam to fit round the bulkheads. Once they were done it was time to cut the 4 longitudinal beams to size and sit them in place.

next stage is now to mark them all up and notch them out so that the beams will all fit together, then it's a case of epoxying the whole lot together and to the hull.... next week and weekends job


well another two productive days, yesterday after checking and making sure the hull was sitting correctly and in shape I epoxied the main beam to the outer hull and fitted both forward bulkheads

Next week I'll give them a complete coat of matting to give a bit more strength, though I've upped them from 8mm ply to 24 mm thick marine ply. The are also onto the main beam with 6mm Stainless screws and the first deck beam will alcow be epoxied & screwd to them.

next up was to start notching out the deck beams, so we had a wee production line going..and made sort work of it

Next weekend after cleaning out the hulls & prepping the area should see the aft bulkheads epoxied into position, the deck beams all epoxied and fitted into position.. so things are moving on


Well we had a busy weekend but not really a lot to show for it, the deck beams have all be epoxied and are fitted together with epoxy & stainless screws for good measure. I also put 4 x 5mm x 70mm stainless screws up through the hull and into each beam, the beams were then coated with matting and epoxied to the hull. It's a bit over kill but there is now no way the hull can move out of shape

I also started on the transom part of the frame today and will hopefully manage a few evenings this week working on that and sorting out the rudder assembly so things are moving on in the right direction


Well another productive weekend working on the boat and things are starting to look a bit better. During the week I removed the hardwood edging and capping from both gunnel's as I wanted to put a bit more strength into the gunnel's. The plan was to fit a length of 3" x 2" along the inside of each gunnel, the wood was dry fitted first then the mating faces were given a coat of epoxy then clamped together. I then added a bit more security with 12 x 6mm x 70mm screws through from the outside and the wood was then cased with cms just to finish it off.

I also finished off the foundations for the transom and capped it with some 12mm marine ply to give me a flat surface to take the transom beam.

Today we gave the ply a coat of epoxy and encased it with cms just to finish it off to make sure it will stay water tight. The transom beam was also sanded down and has been given a coat of epoxy just to seal the wood and is now ready to be bolted back on to the boat. I also fitted the first two parts of the main bulkhead that holds up the cab and epoxied them into position and secured them in with a few ss screws for good measure.


Went down today at lunch time and took some pictures.

The transom with the beam sitting in place

A view of the transom from further away

The start of the port bulkhead & gunnel

The start of the starboard bulkhead & gunnel

and some graffiti that has appeared

another job I have to do is sort out the air bubles that have apeared after we left last night before I do any more to her.


i spent a couple of hours down at the boat after work today. While I still had some heat in the shed I did some tidying up of the epoxying that had been done at the weekend, fixing air bubbles and taking off any sharp edges. Once the temp went I started work on the upper Rudder support on the port side, I just need to add a shim to one side of it and then it's ready to be fixed to the deck beam above it.. I'll probably do that tomorrow night and make a start on the starboard one. Once that is done I can fit the connecting rod then work out the new length of the cable I need.


well that's another three days of work done and things are moving on.

On Saturday we managed to get all the marine ply cut for the first stage of the deck and Linda gave the bulkheads and main beam another couple of layers of epoxy & matting so that's them all done.

On Sunday Ticketyboo came over to help and we managed to get the rudders & steering gear finished, the transom beam fitted and also cut and fitted the flooring in the stern quarter and the cab. Linda was the epoxy queen again and finished off the deck supports in the cab so that's them fitted and glassed in.

Today we started off by cleaning the whole area down again then gave all the deck beams another coat of epoxy & tape just to build in some more strength. Linda then started on painting all the deck & flooring ply with a coat of resin to seal it. I dry fitted both the hatches in the front bulkheads, they will be fitted once the bulkheads get a couple of coats of glass to make them water tight. Then I fitted down the first two sheets of the deck to give us a platform to work on. We also measured up the steering cable so a replacement will be ordered tomorrow.




Yup she is starting to take shape and now we are starting to get to the painful bit.. replacing the worn out parts

I sent an order away today for:
1 x 6.25m steering cable
2 x Oil Coolers
2 m Exhaust hose
2 x exhaust outlets
1 x water lock ( replaced one last year)

already on order is:

8 x engine mounts
2 x stern glands
2 x cutlass bearings
1 x gearbox refurb
1 x refurbed gearbox

and that's just the start. I also need to replace one of the water pumps, both prop shafts and both props. That's what I can think of at the moment, no doubt there will be a few additions to those lists

I'll not post up the new toy's list just let... in case Linda sees it


Well today wasn't as productive as we had hoped, even in the shed with a heater on we struggled to get more than 12 degrees

Due to this and the fact that I managed to break one of the pumps for the epoxy we didn't get anywhere near what we wanted done. Instead we cut and fitted plugs in the transom to cover up the fixing bolts, fingers crossed the epoxy will have went off by tomorrow and we can get them sanded flat (pics tomorrow)

While Linda started painting the inside of the hull, I started fitting the mahogany facing for the gunnel's,. As we are re using the original wood for the facing and only replacing the capping the wood had to be sanded back first. Also as the replacement capping was only rough sawn, it had to be sanded also.

We will see what tomorrow brings temp wise and alter the work accordingly


Well another productive day, first up was to sand down the plugs in the Transom & the transom it's self.

A closer view of the plugs, only two are covering bolt holes the other two are plugging up the old holes

then after a bit of chiselling & sanding they looked like this, the dark rings are where the epoxy has soaked into the wood, this will be hidden when the rest of the beam gets a coat of epoxy.

Next up was to fit the new capping on the transom, first any holes, low parts etc were sorted by the epoxy queen

I then started the fit from the Transom moving slowly forward using 6mm x 70mm SS Screws to secure it down.

As you can see 150mm x 25mm mahogany seldom comes bent to the shape you need, so I had to improvise with a strap to pull the cap into shape as I screwed it down

Almost finished, just needs the holes filled with an epoxy wood mix and they will never be seen again

The whole procedure was done again on the port side so I now have two nice new gunnel's fitted ready to be epoxied


another wee update.. spent a few hours down at the boat today after work. I finished off both gunnel's, then did a dry fit of the handrails. I managed to get the broken epoxy pump working so made up a few mixes and coated the transom and the gunnel's to seal in the wood. I also made up a mix of wood/ epoxy and filled the screw heads on both gunnel's. I'll probably go back down again tomorrow night and give the lot a fine sand before it gets a second coat and the handrails are fitted permanently. I'll get some more pics tomorrow.


I didn't spend as much time down there tonight but managed to get a few more jobs done.

I finished the glassing on the last two bulkheads, they had only been given one layer of tape over the join onto the hull so another two were added. The gunnel's and transom were still very slightly tacky, so rather than sand them down, I opted to give them another coat of epoxy and they will now be left till Saturday to dry properly before they get a light sanding before they get their last coat of epoxy.

I also managed to get another fair sized bit of the port hull scraped.. only 3/4 of it left to do

I did take a couple of pics tonight but they didn't come out very good due to the low light levels.. I'll try and get down tomorrow to get some more.


Well things are slowly moving on, I've now got the stern tube assemblies, the new shafts should be ready next week, new engine mounts, exhaust outlets, waterlocks.

We have made up new flooring for in the cab hulls and have painted the hulls in there also. The hatches in the forward bulkhead are now fitted in place and the fuel tanks will go back in over the next few days. I'm now half way through sanding the hull down ready for it to be given a few coats of epoxy to seal the hull before the antifouling goes on. The handrail is also now all fitted back on and I have the old engines and one of the new ones are in under the boat ready for swapping the parts over. I'm still waiting for the steering cable and cant move on with the deck until it arrives (supposed to be posted out today).

I cant upload any pics just now as my pc is offline due to us getting central heating fitted in the flat, but I'll add them as soon as it's back online.


Well more progress though I'm being held up waiting on parts arriving

Steering cable still aint here, tis now been 4 weeks finally got my stern gear after a 5 week wait

So I've now dry fitted the stern gear, I cant fit it permanently till I get my new shafts as I wouldn't be able to get the shafts in with them in place, given that I cant drop the rudders and push the shaft in the way. The other main job we have been doing is scraping the hulls back to the gelcoat, it's been a long slow job but we now only have half of one side of a hull left to do. Then it's a case of clean it all down with acetone prior to putting on an epoxy barrier.

I've cut the wood for the keels and the nylon should be here soon so that's another job to do, the wood will be epoxied on to the keel then coated with matting to seal it and secure it to make sure it cant come off hull. Then the nylon will be screwed & sicaflexed on to that so there is no more holes through the hull for the keel bands

I'm also waiting on 20m of bilge pump hose, clips, one way valves and a second manual pump arriving so they can also be fitted


some pics of what has been done of late;

this was the first delivery of new parts

the hatches nave now been fitted in the forward bulkhead and the inner cab given a coat of paint.

the dry fitted exhaust & water lock, the water lock is only supported with wire just now till I get the proper supports made up.

The dry fitted stern tube assembly, once I have the shafts and test fit them, the area can then be cleaned down and the tube support can be epoxied in place


well I spent another couple of hours down there tonight, Still no joy on any of the bit's I'm waiting on so i spent the time working on other bits I'm now almost finished laminating up the wood for the keel band... I'll get that finished tomorrow. In between times I went back to the worst job on the boat.. scraping the hull, but it still has to be done. The good thing is I'm down to my last half a half of a hull still to do and as per usual it's the worst bit that's been left. I have the two inside parts of the hull sanded down, both the inside keels and the outer starboard keel are sanded down and the outer port hull and keel scraped just to be sanded. So plenty more of to do


I finally got the steering cable today and the bilge pumps and bit's also arrived so it was down to the boat for a couple of hours after work.

I started with the steering cable and soon discovered that i need an adaptor kit for it so fingers crossed that should be here for the weekend. Rather than leave the cable sitting out I fitted it in place and ran it along under the deck to where the new helm position is going to be. once I get the adaptor kit and fit that I'll secure the cable up onto the underside of the beams.

With me having done as much as I could with the steering I decided to fit the starboard manual bilge pump and run the pipe for the automatic pump. I had planned to fit double clips to every connection but the connections on the pump and the non return valve (fitted to the automatic pump only) only give you enough of a landing for one clip.

the setup:


having an evening off tonight but still planning away

I'm hoping to make a start on the keel bands this weekend, I've laminated up 2 lots of 20' of 2" x 1" marine ply strips for attaching to the keel as a base for the keel bands. The bands themselves are en route just now and should be here tomorrow

I still have to finish sanding the hulls down first though, it's hard going scraping 4 layers of epoxy, 1 of undercoat and 2 or anti foul off a glass hull then it's a case of fill in any marks and make sure the profile is correct to take the keel band.

once all below the water line looks like below I can get that started (once I do yet another tidy up )


well another busy day and at last jobs are being finished

First up for today was to fit the steering cable, as it was slightly different to the original cable I had also to get an adaptor kit for it After a dry fit the helm was fitted onto the cable and the stroke was checked. It was not too bad at 11" of the available 12" so i can live with that as it is still more than it used to have.
Anyway after a bit of footering about it looked like this:

A quick shot with a hacksaw seen the bolts cut down to size then the wood was given a coat of epoxy. the main bit of deck ply was then screwed down into position. Both bit's of ply over the hulls will be screwed down tomorrow once I've fitted the support straps for the exhaust pipes and fixed the steering cable up onto the underside of the beam.

Next job was to fit the bit of flooring below the manual bilge pumps, this bit of ply will be epoxied to the hull and sicaflex used to make a seal round the hoses where they go through the ply. This way, should the skin fittings fail any incoming water will be dispersed over the deck and out the scuppers rather than into the bilges.

Once both were epoxied to the hull it was time to start on the ply to cover up the pumps and transom, it now looks like

I've left a big enough access panel to get at the pump & hoses should I ever need to, this will be epoxied then fitted on using screws and a seal of sicaflex so it can be removed again if it's needed.


Well another productive day, Linda finished cutting the ply for the transom

I finished off the uplifts for the hand bilge pumps, putting a stainless tube end on the hose and fitting it right down almost against the hull so it should be able to remove just about every drop of water from the keel when it's used. I also fitted the supports for the exhaust hose, using Ally flat bar rather than the temp wire mounts.

The steering cable is now fixed up against the underside of the beams and is well out the way of everything

We also finished the last bit of laminating on the marine ply for the keel bands then after a quick sand of the hull we secured the wood to the hull using balcotan. I opted for this method so that it could be done quickly and because it is only to hold the ply in place so that it can be laminated in with epoxy. The other reason for using it is because it foams up filling the joint completly so taking care of any low spots.

I'll give them both a day or so to make sure the glue has well set then I'll sand them down and fill any holes with bridging compound to get a nice smooth base for the epoxy.


well the latest batch of goodies arrived today, my remote greasers I wanted to get the stern ones fitted before I put the last bit of deck down. My prop shafts should be ready tomorrow as they were on the last stages of machining today. I've restocked on Fiberglas tape and bought 4 rolls of surface tissue for use in the epoxy barrier on the hull. The plan being putting two layers of that over the whole hull below the water line just to make sure there is no chance of osmosis. fingers crossed I'll make a start on that tomorrow evening


well the plan for tonight has now changed.. my Port 2.1:1 gearbox has just returned after being refurbed and the good bit is the company that did the refurb are sure they can repair the Starboard 1.91: counter rotational box even though it is obsolete. So it's off over to my dad's to collect that box and get it sent away tomorrow


still making progress although it's slowing down a bit now, a lot of time has been spent on prepping the hull ready for the epoxying all the wee dings and dents have been repaired. I hope to be tackling that job very soon probably next weekend, though we need to try and clear out a bit more space around the hulls to give us a better workplace.

The big job for this weekend was the second stage of the deck which was fiberglassing in sheets of 1" closed cell foam so that the deck was raised up and allowing me to create 1" x 1" gutters across the deck and around the hatches.

So the deck has went from looking looking like this :

to looking like this:

I now need to tidy up a few wee blemishes then give it a another coat with finishing mat then make up the frames for the water tight hatches and fit them.

The big problem today and I never thought I would ever say it was the temperature we had 34 degrees in the shed which made for a very short pot life for the resin mixes.


I didn't spend as much time at the boat this week and out of what time I did I spent a bit of time sorting out how I was going to seal the water tight hatches and then building the framework in place. Another job that was done was the transportation of the new engine and the removal of non required parts from it, it just needs cleaned down and a coat of paint now

Yesterday we did the small repairs on the deck then put down the last two layers of glass on the deck so the main part of it is completely finished glassing wise and is only waiting for the anti slip coating going on it. I've still got the hatches to finish off before the deck is completely finished.
Today we spent the morning down at the boat jumble and managed to get some of the bit's that were on the shopping list, including extras like an Anchor Ball and a new horn

When we got back it was time to get messy again, I put prepped starboard keel and ply ready for a coating of tape & epoxy. I put a layer of 6" tape round the ply and up onto the keel, then a layer of 3" tape over that along the side of the keel.. so that should be quite secure Next up is a quick sand down then a few coats of epoxy paint, then partially fit the nylon keel bands. Then I can move the supports to the finished part and finish up the last two parts of the keel that I can access just now. Then it's a case of repeating the procedure on the port keel and that's another job completed

I've also decided to slow down a bit on the work as it's been a long haul and I'm starting to feel the effects of it so I'm putting the estimated date of finish back to mid to late June rather than May.


Well I went down for a few hours and by 6pm the temp had dropped to 36 degrees

So plan A went out the window and plan B came in, this was to jack the boat up and move the supporting wooden blocks right to the stern so that the whole keel was cleared for working on and fitting the keel bands. I had to do this now before any more weight goes on the boat as I didn't want to put too much weight on the hull it's self. Once the blocks were moved I was able to get the last bit of wood sanded on the starboard side and any bit's that needed it filled with bridging compound. I also sanded down and filled the complete port keel so that's now ready for the epoxy sheath. Working with the bridging compound was rather difficult as I only had a pot life of 3 min tops so it was a case of mixing little and often.

So the Starboard keel now looks like this

And before anyone asks, no the plastic cup is not holding up the boat

So now it's a quick sand down then a few more coats of epoxy before I fit the keel bands and sit the boat back down on the keels. When she goes back down on her keels I'm going to remove 1 layer of the blocks so the boat is sitting roughly 10" lower that way I have a bit more space up top when i go to build the new cab.


Went down this morning before I came into work, the temp was sitting at 18 degrees, 25% humidity and it was still only 8am

As we are planning of epoxing the Port keel tonight I've had to leave the door open to try and keep the temperature down a bit or we won't be able to do anything tonight as it will be too warm.

I had went down last night and finished the last 2 feet of coating on the Starboard keel and put a couple of feet of sheathing on the stern end of the port keel. This way we have a straight run at it tonight with no fiddly corners to work round. Then I'll be back down on Friday night to prep it and fingers crossed get the first coat of epoxy undercoat on the hulls. That will mean on Saturday I can spend the day just putting on coat after coat of white epoxy paint till I finish the tin.


Well everything went according to plan, Linda met me at the work with a change of clothing for me and we headed over to the boat. The temp had dropped to a nice 31 degrees up top but was a bit cooler under the hull which made things a bit easier.

We were just getting everything setup ready to start the epoxying, when a car pulled up outside the shed it was Keith the yard manager. he had stopped to let me know my other gearbox arrived back today.. all repaired and to have a look at what has been done on the boat so far. Now the last time he seen her was just before we put the shed up so he had his eyes opened to say the least and his first comment really made my day.. "why are you not doing this for a living". To say I was chuffed would be an understatement
So after he left it was back to work and we made short work of the keel, so that's it all done and bar a quick sanding it's ready for a few coats of epoxy paint then the keel bands fitted and screwed into place.


spent a couple of hours down at the boat after work tonight, first job was to drill and countersink two holes every 8" along the keel bands and prep them ready for fitting. After prepping I decided to go ahead and fit the starboard band using sikaflex and No 10 x 1" A4 SS CSK screws leaving only the last 3' at the bow end of the keel unfitted. I'll do the port keel tomorrow morning them move the supporting blocks back to under the keel I'll finish of that bit on both keels then it's just a case of painting the hull with epoxy paint and the job's a good un


Well today I managed to get both keel bands finished off, the boat moved so that she is now only sitting on the keels and I managed to get the Starboard hull almost it's first complete coat of white epoxy. Tomorrow will be clearing some more of the no longer required stuff out of the shed and then coat after coat of epoxy paint on the hull.

I also managed to acquire myself a new wee toy for the boat, A Lowrance Windlass with 8mm chain Gypsy that has never been fitted to a boat let alone used

the foot switch is there, the control panel is there and the relay box is there, the only things missing is the key from the drive shaft.. not a problem though as I'll get that OK and a user manual. The only down point is that it's a 24v unit and the boat is all 12v so a slight modification will be required


well today we put two coats (1 gallon) of white epoxy paint on the hull below the water line

the hull is pretty much sealed now but I'd prefer to get another gallon and give it another two coats just to make sure. I had been thinking on going with copper coat, but I'm going to stick with the tried and tested 2 coats of undercoat and two coats of normal anti foul.

Another job, which was no fun at all was to replace the bow pillar cleats. I had to grind the head off the bolts to remove them and both cleats broke while removing them.

Now to replace them it meant squeezing in through the hatch in the front bulkhead

And then bolting up through a nylon pad and into the new bollard cleats

and this is the finished job


Well I went down to the boat after work for a couple of hours today with a plan of giving the hull a light sand before it gets it's last two coats of white epoxy paint. On closer inspection of the hull I noticed the white paint had highlighted a few more wee dings and gouges in the hull. Another thing I found was what looked like pin holes in the paint, being a bit concerned about these I decided to try drilling one out to see what the problem was, it turned out to be bits where the epoxy had been pulled into small bits of damage on the gel coat. So I opted to be on the safe side and drill everyone of them out, about 12 per hull and fill the countersunk hole with epoxy filler. So now I have to sand down all my wee repairs before I can get the next coats of paint on. Fingers crossed I'll get the sanding done either tomorrow or Friday night then I can get the painting done.


Well last night seen me back down at the boat sanding down the repairs I made to the hull. With that done I decided to get the roller out and give the hull another coat of white epoxy, so that's now 3 coats over the glass so should be enough to keep any water away from the hull. More so once it's had a coat of undercoat and two coats of anti foul over than.

The plan for tonight is to check over the hull making sure I've not missed anything then now the hull is almost finished go back to finishing off the deck & hatches. Then it's on to cab building and fitting out


well it had to happen.. I had a really bad day today with very little going right for me.

Started off trying to plan out the new cab but just couldn't get my head into gear and come up with ideas.. so I gave up on that one for the moment. Next I thought I'd sand down a couple of bit's on the top half of the hull that I had repaired, 2 min into the job the sander makes a few not nice noises and stops working.. 1 dead sander

So I thought Ok I'll leave that and get a new sander later on, so I decided to move on to a bit of metal work. I had a couple of ss plates that I used to spread the load of the bolts on the bit of wood in the inside of the stern gear. first job to do to them was to open the 6mm hole out to a 10mm hole. So sets up the pillar drill with a 10mm drill and drills the first hole ok, sets up for the second hole gets about 1/4 of the way through and I loose all power on the drill. It works fine until you put any load on it.. not much use for drilling SS I managed to finish the hole off with the hand drill and just to compound things the tip broke off the drill bit as it went through.
Next up was to give the plates quick de burr with the sander, all goes well till I'm on the last bit of the second plate then there is a loud bang of death from inside the grinder and the disk instantly stops moving.. we are doing well
I decided to do a bit of an operation on it and see what was wrong with it, so unplugged it and set about taking the screws out. 3 out of the 4 came out ok with the last one refusing point blank to move. So I gets the small pistol drill out and starts to drill the screw out, next thing I know there is a strong burning smell then loads of smoke from the motor.. death number 4

I then gave up before I broke anything else and came home dejected

fingers crossed tomorrow is a better day.. it cant be much worse


Well today went a bit better

we put the last coat of white epoxy on the hull below the water line, so it's nice and shiny and ready to be painted over again with undercoat for the anti foul. At the moment looks like this

once the paint had gone off it let me fit the skin fittings for the engine water intakes and the 2 fittings for the toilet. As I have moved the toilet from it's original location I've had to patch up the old holes and make two new ones slightly further forward of the original ones.

They are all only lightly tightened just now till the sikaflex goes off then I'll nip them up tomorrow.

I also started to epoxy in the last bulkhead that holds the stern gear in position as I have worked out I can still manage to get my shafts in with this in place. I put some filler in the gaps between the hull and the bulkhead and a couple of small bit's of tape epoxied on to it just to hold it in place so that I can remove the tube & bearing again to epoxy the bulkhead up correctly.


well another productive day, first up was to epoxy in the last two remaining bulkheads, I forgot to take some pictures today so I'll get them tomorrow.
As the temp went up over 30 degrees I decided to spend some time working on the engines underneath the boat in the nice cool bit. I discovered a technical hitch when i went to start building up the new engine.. the water outlet comes out right where the engine support bolts on. So I would need to strip the injection pump off and change the water pumps from an Escort one to a Mondeo one, with that in mind I've opted for a slight change of plan and am now just going to put both the original engines back in for the time being. I'll do the timing belts before I put them back in so that should see them through to next year Ok. Once I have a bit more time I'll make all the required changed to the other engines and keep them as a spare set.

So tomorrow I've got a bit of running about to do to pick up some bit's n pieces then I'll be doing the timing belts on both engines.


well today I finished off the bulkheads as there was a bit I couldn't get to due to the exhaust hose, so they both looked like this

After a bit of sanding they are now ready for a coat of paint. I also fitted the skin fittings for the water intakes for the engine and the bolts for taking the anodes.

As I got the timing belt kits & water pump for the port engine I decided to fit them. Now everything went well till I tried to remove the timing belt idler.. it just refused to move. Ok time for reinforcements and out came the impact screw driver after quite a few whacks with a mash hammer we were no further forward other than the spline in the bolt was pretty much destroyed OK I was now not taking any nonsense from it and got the 4" angle grinder out and proceeded to dismantle the idler in place.. that sorted the bugger out

The new one is on the left btw

I also had refusals from the bolts that hold the water pump adaptor plate on the front of the crank, rather than fighting with them to get them off I took the easy option and cut a bit of the lip of the pulley away so that I could remove the belts

So everything was put back together and given a quick clean down, I'll get the wire brush on to it before painting the engine. anyway the port engine now looks like this

I'll fit the new alternator tomorrow, the new drive plate and the replacement raw water pump will be here for the weekend, once they are fitted that's the engine ready.

I also fitted the new ball valves for the toilet and fitted it in it's new location, I've still to fit the hoses for it but that will be done over the next few days.


Well today's first job was to fit the alternator on the Port engine, ok small hiccup.. it's the wrong hand, I couldn't even spin the front plate as the holes were out of position so it had to go back to be swapped over. Next job the timing belt kit on the Starboard engine, it went without event and just as I was finishing the job my dad turned up to take the alternator away. So I decided to kidnap him while he was there and go and get the ply for the deck hatches and the cab.

With that done next job was to start on the scuppers and epoxy the deck to the hull, at the end of play today both sides looked like this

Tomorrow I'll tidy up the outside of the scuppers and finish them off, once they are done the top half of the hull only needs a light sand then it's ready for painting.


Well I started off working on the scuppers, dressing down the rough glassing then filling any bit's with an epoxy filler mix. So tomorrow I should be able to give them the final bit of dressing.

I then had to nip over to the work to pick up the propellers and take them round to the engineering company for the bores to be done. I was that glad to see them arrive I forgot to take a photo of them.

Then it was on to the deck and engine hatches, the first part of the job was to build the reinforcing framework for under the 12mm ply. In between times while waiting for the glue to go off so I could clamp up the next bit I fitted the remote greasers for the stern gland and the rudder gland. I also fitted the alternator and did a bit more work on the engines.

So tomorrow I hope to get the ply for the hatches cut to size and fitted onto the frames and fingers crossed make a start on the framing for the new cab.


Ok today I had an easy day of it, started off sanding down the epoxy around the scuppers then continued along the hull giving it all a light sand getting it ready for a new coat or two of Oxford blue epoxy.

I then got sidetracked and ended up working on one of the other boats in the yard. It was only a wee job dressing up the damaged threads on the end of his prop shafts but something different to do.. and it's nice to be nice

I then got a phone call from the work.. can I help with a breakdown.. so it was a case of over to the work and pick up the trailer. The timing was rather good as I arrived at the office just as my parcel from ASAP with the drive plates & water pump arrived

When I got back I did the last bit of work to the scuppers, epoxying on a bit of finishing mat going between the deck and the outer hull. This makes sure the only place for the water to go is out the boat and not down between the deck and hull. All it's left now is a is a light sand down on the scuppers and they are done.

Just as I was packing up I got a call to let me know my through hull speed & temp gauge had arrived. So I'll go and collect that tomorrow morning along with the epoxy paint for the top part of the hull. I needed the speed & temp gauge first as it is going in underneath the starboard fuel tank, which I need to fit before I can get on with the inner and outer cab. BTW as it's a Raymarine gauge it means I have to get my C series toy now


well today we managed to get a few more jobs done and get the boat a stage closer to launch

Linda started off laminating up the top of the new deck hatches

While she did that I sanded down the top half of the hull then attacked the mast. the mast now looks like this:

I then got started on painting the top half of the hull, it's now over 3/4 done with 2 coats of epoxy paint and looking very good. the white will give me a 1" boot top once i put the undercoat on for the anti fouling

and with the painting done even the scuppers look ok


Well today Linda started off with the hatch covers, trimming down the glassing and then painting the underside of them. I got stuck into a clear out under the boat so that I could finish the last bit of painting on the hull. Next up was fitting the speed & temp gauge then putting both fuel tanks in place ready to be fitted in.

Next up we started cutting the sides for the new outer cab, this is being built with 6mm ply with a 20 x 25mm reinforcing strip round them. This will all be encased with 2 coats of matting on each side to give added strength. By the time we got both sides measured out and cut, then cut out for the windows we decided it was time to call it a day.

By this time the hatch covers were dry and ready to be put in place, they have still got then neoprene seal to be fitted and the hatch catches to be fitted. Unfortunately we only picked up two hatch catches at the boat jumble so we need to try and source more of them

Anyway this is the new Port engine hatch complete with Linda kidding on she is sleeping and behind her on the left is the port side of the outer cab.

This is the aft port side storage area hatch in place


well today was probably the worst conditions for working in, we arrived down at the yard at 8.30am and it was already 28 degrees in the shed. So first up was to remove the inner tarp to help cut the heat down, even with that done the temp shot up to an almost unbearable 50 degrees
This caused a major problem as the plan for this weekend was to get the outer cab built and glassed up ready for fitting. So we had to work outside the shed most of the time only going up onto the deck of the boat to dry fit and measure the parts.

We also had to cut away a chunk of the inner cab which will give a lot more space in the outer cab. this is the chunk we removed, anyone that's been on the boat will recognise it and see that the new outer cab has only been moved forward by 18"

The front of the outer cab is cut to shape and profiled to follow the curves of the cab, I've still to measure up the window openings and cut them out something we have already done on the sides.

Once the top half of the outer cab is built and all the strengtheners fitted it will be encapsulated by 4 layers of glass inside and out to seal in the wood and add the required strength to the whole structure. So this cab will fraction of the weight of the old cab but far stronger

The outer cab is exactly 6' high from the deck at the sides going up to 6' 8" at the highest point in the centre. This means that inside the cab the headroom will be 6' 5" at the sides going up to 7' 1" in the centre.. so there is going to be a fair bit more space in the outer cab even though it's actually lower down that the one I removed .


Well today was the original relaunch day but we are still a fair bit away from that yet, there is only so much work two people can do.

Well after yesterdays heat we decided to get down early today and make the most of it before it got too warm. So 6am seen us down at the yard and setup to continue working on the cab, not long after we started we had a visitor for breakfast

It seemed to be quite partial to Croissants

Anyway back to the boat, we continued to build the outer cab putting on the re reinforcing for the roof then the 8' x 4' sheet of 1" closed cell foam. Once that was fitted the holes for the windows were cut out. As we were doing that we decided that the cab wasn't sitting quite the way we wanted it.. so the front end was lifted 30mm and it now looks perfect. It now means I need to make up a fill in piece for the front but that's not much of a problem.

Next up was to start fitting the window frames for the two front windows and the single rear window, the frames were cut to size, routed to shape and glued & clamped to the cab. These will be glassed over when we glass the cab, sealing the wood completely.

Unfortunately I never got any more pics as it started raining and we had to take the cab back off and put the tarps back in position. next step is to radius all the edges in preparation for the glassing of the out side of the cab then once that's done turn it upside down and glass inside the roof and cab. Fingers crossed we should be seeing that being done next weekend.


well I went down after work tonight to start work prepping the cab for glassing. After the prep work was done I put the rough coat of matting on, to seal the foam sheet just in case any water drips in through the tarps so it now looks like this.

I'll probably go back down tomorrow night and tidy it up before putting another 2 layers of matting on it. That will make sure it all stays in shape when we turn it over to glass the inside of the roof and cab then turn it back over to finish the job off.


well another couple of hours work done this evening, I got the cab turned over and prepped down the inside of it ready for glassing the inside of the roof. I thought it would be a lot easier doing it this way rather than trying to glass overhead.

Anyway, it's now got two layers of matting and is now ready for the sides to be done before the last layers of glass go on. So at the moment it's looking like this


well the inside of the cab is glassed up and we turned it over this morning to finish off the roof. After another two layers of mat it got a coat of white flocoat over the top so that's that bit finished.

As we were due another scorcher today, I opened up a couple of windows in the shed, it helped a bit as the temp only went to 40 degrees.

next stage was to put the outer cab back in place and start glassing it to the inner cab. I clamped a couple of 3 x 2 beams across the front of it to make sure it kept the correct shape. It's now fitted with it's first couple of coats of tape inside and out

Tomorrow billy & Norrie are coming over to visit, so we should have the rest of the cab built up and the in cab almost completed .


well this morning Linda wasn't feeling too great at all so I headed down to the boat myself, leaving my phone in the house in the process I stopped off at the burger van to get a bacon roll for brekkie then headed into the yard, just as I was setting up the power and eating the roll my friendly fox from last week appeared. I sat down in the doorway and started to give her some small bits of my roll and in no time at all I had her taking the bits of roll out of my hand.. and no bloody camera

Anyway when I ran out of food she decided to toddle off and look else where for some more grub and I got back to the work in hand. As Norrie & Billy were due over at 10.30 I decided to do a clear up and get everything ready so billy could get started on the lower half of the outer cab. While billy was working on the joinery stuff, I captured this very very very rare sight that has probably never been seen before.. Norrie working

After a few hours and a lot of effort we had this to look at

So now I've got a lot of glassing to do to get it all sealed up and water tight.


I was down at the boat at lunchtime to try and figure out how the helm was going to come together, i had been planning on putting the bench seat back in and doubling it back up as the helm seat also.
However I acquired a nice comfy chair at a very good price (nowt) and it fits in absolutely perfect, in fact you could almost say it was made for it

I'm going to go back down tomorrow night and will start prepping the wood work we did at the weekend for glassing.

I took Linda down tonight to show her what we had done yesterday and while we were down this evening tidying up after yesterdays work we took a quick couple of measurements, with the slight modifications we have made we now have a clear fish able deck of 10' x 12' and just as much, in fact slightly more room in the outer cab. The only place we have lost space is in the inner cab which to be honest was never used to it's potential so was pretty much wasted space.


well another busy weekend we started off yesterday working on the helm as it was a two person job to hold and mark up the ply, once it was all cut to size it was back to working on the outer cab as that had to be finished before I can fit the helm.

The glassing of the cab was a long slow job due it's size & shape. It was a case of do a bit, get some fresh air while it was going off then dress it down then move on to the next bit.

After a lot of work it looked like this

The problem with looking to hard for fault you tend to miss bloody obvious ones like the prominent mat edge that is running down at an angle on the middle part of the cab. Unfortunately I only noticed this when I looked at the photo and that was after we had put a light coat of topcoat on to help highlight any bits for repair. So that's another wee job to do.. fix that

This is how it's looking just now from the deck with a light coat of topcoat on it.

And this is how it's looking from the bow

After another couple of coats of topcoat it will be ready for the windows to be fitted which is a job that will probably be done one evening during the week as my laminated glass is arriving tomorrow for them.


Well we went down last night and gave the cab another coat of gel coat after touching up the flaws we found after the first coat of gel coat went on.

Linda even managed to get her own wee tiara, since she is the epoxy queen

And the back of the cab now looks like this

and the front looks like this

I'll go back down tomorrow night and do the cutting in around the edges and touch up the last couple of flaws and then give it it's last coat of gel coat. So it looks like the windows will be fitted on Friday night, leaving the weekend to concentrate on the inner cab and possibly give the deck it's last coat of resin to tidy it up before the anti slip goes down.


went down again tonight for a couple of hours, I started off by dry fitting both side windows

Once they were done, I set about the cab sanding down any lumps and sharp bits before giving the whole lot another coat of gel coat so that's the top half of the cab finished. We now have to clear the rest of the top deck and give all the bits that were cream a coat of white so that it all matches in.


Well another day done and unfortunatly things didnt go quite as well as planned.
Started off good enough, went up and orderd my raymarine C80 (wanted to go for the 120 but dont have the space) transducer and got the GPS module & and a handheld VHF free and still saved over £500 on the package.

Back to the boat and we started with fitting the side windows, these went on quite easily with no issues.

However things didn't go quite as well when I went to fit the front windows, the glazier had cut them 10mm bigger than I had orderd.. so they have to go back.

Next up was to remove the old glass rubber mounted side windows and the bolted on front perspex windows so that the whole of the top cab could be gel coated.

Linda did the first coat and the second coat will go on first thing tomorrow morning

While linda was doing that I started on the grey at the back end of the cab.

So the job for tomorrow is cutting out the new polycarbonate windows for the front and sides and then bolting them into position, then continue on with the helm and inner cab.


well not so productive to day as we are now both feeling the effects of 6 months of a 7 day week. So with this in mind we have decided the boat will be ready when she is ready.. no more estimated completion dates.

Started off by fitting the fuel tank fillers and hoses, with that done I decided to finish off glassing inside the cab before we put the windows in as the resin is a tad whiffy

In between cutting matting Linda did a bit of tidying up and then moved on to repairing some marks that the first coat of gel coat on the cab had highlighted. With that all done we put the second coat of gel coat on the outer cab before calling it quits at the back of two. I never got any pics today as I had forgot to put the phone on charge and it dies not long after we got down there.


well I got a delivery today.. some new toys to play with

the radar will arrive tomorrow, so it's time to get the finger out and get stuck back into the boat


I picked up the dome today


well another busy weekend, this morning we had a visitor for breakfast

then it was back to work, this weekend seen a lot of footery stuff done and all the windows fitted.
the front windows are 8 mm laminated glass and are set in on a bed of sicaflex and secured with a mahogany bead.

The front inner cab windows were 6mm perspex and were really showing their age so they were replaced with 10mm polycarbonate. I've still to clean up the sealant and put the frosting on the windows.

the side windows were originally glass but the rubber seal was well past it so we replaced them again with bolted on 10mm polycarbonate windows


well I was back down tonight for a couple of hours. First job was to touch up the silicone round the windows and remove the unwanted bits that were stuck on the windows.

Then it was on to working on the helm, Billy is coming back over at the weekend to frame it all out so I decided to get the ply cut and see how it's going to work in.

Looking at it now the back sheet is too far back so I'll be doing a change of plan on that one.

the front view of it is fine, I just need to mark it out for the instruments and see how it looks then before I start cutting any holes out.


Well I spent another couple of hours after work tonight and concentrated on the helm.

First up was to cut a length of 12mm ply for the end of the helm and fit that. Then it was a case of work out where the Morse controls were going then cut the hole for them. Then I had to work out where the wheel was going and cut the hole out for that.

With that all done it now looks like this

It's worked in quite well as even with the seat in place there is still room for a two person bench seat next to it.

Now I need to position all the instruments and cut holes out for them, then remove everything, sand the wood down and varnish it before refitting everything.. I'll be making a start on that tomorrow night.


Well another weekend been and gone and loads more done.
first up yesterday was to dry fit all the instruments and switches on the helm. This included cutting the hole out for the C80 to fit in, once that was done the whole lot was given a couple of coats of stain and the instruments minus the C80 re fitted.

We had another visit from Billy who came back to do the framework for the inner cab floor & toilet area, once that was all done it was a case of cladding it with ply and running the new cabling. The wireing harness for each side is now made up of a length of 19 core cable for each hull so it's nice and easy to run. I also connected up the steering cable so that's another job finished off.

This is the view into the inner cab now

As the window looks into the toilet area we used a stick on frosting for it to give a bit of privacy. I've still to track down a new folding door for the entrance to it and as it's a bit of a climb in and out we are going to fit a couple of grab handles onto the wood work.

Another job that was done was to fit the housing for the transducer, as I'm not 100% certain that the boat is going to sit the way I think it is I've only stuck the housing down with sikaflex. Once she is back in the water I'll fill a bag with water and sit it in the housing then test the transducer then I'll be able to set it up perfectly. The housing is Pretty much where I had the DIY housing for my old transducer so I know it will be free from interference there.

Linda has taken a couple of days off work so she is going to give the transom and gunnel caps a sand down then a finishing coat of stain along with the rubbing strake and finish painting the inner cab.


well another busy weekend, first job yesterday was to fit the stern gear now that I have my new shafts, so it now looks like this

Then it was fit the electric bilge pumps as they have to sit below the shaft but need to be able to be removed for cleaning and then fill the greasers. With that done I'm now at the stage I am ready to refit the engines. I've booked the crane for a week on Monday for a couple of hours to do this, rather than the planned removal of the shed I'm going to cut a section out the roof so we can drop the engine in place then reseal the roof.

Other jobs done over the week / weekend was fitting the battery boxes & batteries (2 x 75 amp per hull), these have went in between the bulkhead and the fuel tanks on each hull underneath the decking in the cab. The framing was all done out with normal 3 x 2 (still to be painted) to give the strength but keep the weight down and is all removable for access to the tanks, batteries & transducers. The main wiring harness for each hull is now in place and ready to start the wiring. One battery on each side will be dedicated to the engine and associated instruments and the other two will be connected to give the power for everything else electrical on the boat.

Another wee job was the toilet door

I now need to set up the fuel lines, battery leads and on /off switches for both, it's easier to do before the engines go in. I also have to connect the engines & gearboxes back up ready for the lift.

Linda spent most of the time painting the anti slip on the top half of the deck and the hatches, then today she made a start on the Mk 2 rod Holder / bait tray. Rather than the laminated up ply the last one was made from, this time it's made up from laminated closed cell foam and will be sealed with 4 layers of glassed matting.

At last the light at the end of the tunnel is clearly in view and it aint a train.

Some more pictures

The Port prop in place

Linda decided she wanted the mushroom vents in the cab roof changed, so she added a wee bit of bling

and the start of the new rod holder / bait tray, it's only had one coat of glass at the moment and will need at least another one.


spent an hour down at the yard after work today and fitted the new fuel lines for the engines and the vents for the tanks. fingers crossed tomorrow night will see the gearboxes fitted back to the engines so that they are ready to be dropped into place.


Another hour or so tonight seen the engines lifted out the shed and the gearboxes fitted to them. I'll get the rest of the prep work done to them either tomorrow night or Friday night and that will be them ready to lift in.


Well I had hoped that we could get the engines in yesterday rather than tomorrow but due to the the Clyde River festival being on the yard over the weekend being deader than a very dead thing so no one was available to operate the crane. As a result we decided to have the day off working yesterday and also head up to the festival ourselves, which was a good call as we had a superb time at it and it was good to have the break.

Today it was back to normal and I decided to tackle the wiring as there isn't really a lot else to do until the engines go in.

So behind the helm looks like this at the moment, it's coming together but there is still plenty to do with both main harnesses ( heavy white cable) still to be wired in.

The whole system is slightly different to what I had, rather than the 2 separate circuits I had I will now have 3. I now have a single 85amp battery for each engine as a starting battery, both are fitted with on off switches. I have also fitted a permanent set of jump leads between the batteries with a on / off switch fitted to the positive wire for activating the jump leads. This way if I have a problem with one of the starting batteries at the turn of a switch I have the power of both batteries to start the engine. I can also still charge both batteries if one of the alternators fails.. so that's another safety back up in place. Each engine has it's own circuit feeding only the engines instruments, so there is nothing to drain the starting batteries when the engines are not running.

The new 3rd circuit consists of 2 x 85amp batteries connected via a battery switch and this will power everything else on the boat. these batteries will be charged by the Port engine via a relay activated by the oil pressure switch and connected to the common outlet on the switch. This will give the option of charging only one or both batteries. there is one constant live feed that comes directly from one of the batteries to via the fuse boxes in the centre of the picture to power the auto bilge pumps and the clock. Everything else is powered off the constant terminal of the switch and run through either the fuse boxes or the fused switch panels on the top right of the picture.. so everything is fused and all power to the electrics can be switched off via the battery switch.

Linda continued with the building of the rod holder / bait board, firstly sanding down all the rough bits of glassing then putting another layer of glass on it. All it need now is another sand down, then a last coat flo coat just to finish it off.

So fingers crossed tomorrow will either see the engines both in place or I'll be wiring again.


well today went as planned and we even got the sunny weather we were hoping for.
First job was to open up the roof of the shed so that we could get the engines in, so this was done in both sides.

then it was a nice and easy job to drop the engines back in place, I've put the old engines back in as they were both running OK. These will get changed at some point in the future when I've rebuilt the two spare engines that I have.

So both engines are now back in, lined up with the shafts and bolted down. I've reconnected the fuel lines on the port engine and pumped the fuel up, I've still to re plumb the engine and connect up the wiring then it should be ready for a test firing up. I'm please at how they have fitted in I now have a lot more space round the engines for working on them, the only drawback is part of the engine hatch will need to be raised up as it's just too close to the engine So I'll probably raise it by around 6" so that it acts as a step up to the bow.
So between now and Saturday I hope to have the engines wired up, plumbed in and hopefully running.


well another couple of hours down at the boat, tonight I sorted out the wiring for the Port engine and got it right first time.. that's always a bonus

Anyway I thought I would test the starter system out, so switched on the ignition let the heater plug light go out, turned the key and hey presto the port engine sprang into life then was instantly switched off as I've still to do the plumbing on it. So now I really can see the light at the end of the tunnel.


well another couple of hours seen the Starboard engine harness wired up and the fuel lines connected. I still have to run the battery leads for this engine as I had run out of cable so fingers crossed I should get it tomorrow. Back to the port engine and I started the plumbing of it and hit a snag right away, I broke a bolt on the thermostat housing so had to replace it with the housing off one of the spare engines. With that replaced I fulled the engine with water and also filled up the gearbox with oil. I then gave it another test run, again it started first turn of the key and purred away quite nicely. I did however discover the main feed out from the alternator had pulled out of the crimp.. so that was repaired.


Well another couple of hours work done this evening, first up was to fit the last three battery cables for the starboard engine, the feed from the on/off switch, the negative to the battery and the negative lead of the jump leads between both batteries. Then the fuel feed hose was fitted and the fuel pumped up and primed.

Then it was back over to the port engine to connect up the raw water pump and temp connect a hose on to it so I can run the engine for a good while. Next up was to connect the exhaust hose and then it was ready for another fire up and at least this time I could run the engine long enough to get a bit of a charge into the batteries. I've still to tidy up the cables etc but the whole setup is looking like this just now.

I kept a close eye on the port engine while it was charging up the batteries making sure everything was working correctly and after about 10 min of running I decided to try and fire up the Starboard engine. it gave a quick fire after about the 4th turn of the engine then cut out again. A quick check showed that there was an air lock in the fuel line so a bit more priming soon sorted that out and the engine burst into life on the next attempt. As it was only running on the water in the engine I cut it back off after a couple of minutes, so tomorrow I'll be connecting up the alternator, water pump and exhaust ready to give the engine a good run after I've ran the Port engine for a couple of hours. Then it will be just a case of connecting up the shafts, fitting the oil coolers and replacing the cable for the port gearbox as it's about 6" too short now and then she can go in the water for her trials near enough as soon as I come back from my holiday.


Well a short shift today as I've got to get everything ready for my trip tomorrow.

Unfortunately things didn't quite go as planned today, I started off with running the port engine but the exhaust water was starting to flood the shed after a while so it was improvisation time. I got a couple of lengths of drain pipe that was lying about and built up a drainage system

With that sorted it was back to running the engine again, as I was standing checking everything was working Ok I decided to put the gearbox into drive to test it after the refurbish... hmm something not right here it's turning the wrong way. Some muppet (me) had put the wrong gearbox on the engine, the port engine was fitted with the starboard gearbox. So they had to be swapped over, before this would have meant the engine & box would have to be lifted back out. However as We have a lot more space We were able to lift the gearbox up and remove it from the engine while it was still in place and swap them over.

So most of this morning was spent making sure the gearboxes are now on the right engines so the planned work will have to wait till I come back next weekend.


Well I got back from Ireland last night so was down at the boat today, I forgot my phone so no pictures till tomorrow.

First job was to modify the engine hatches to give the clearance needed for the engines, rather than raising it the required 1" I opted to raise it by 5" so there is less chance of tripping over them and they double up as a step up to the bow. They now need to be glassed over and have tread plate fitted.

Then it was a case of fit both flexi couplings on the prop shafts and line up the engines ready for final adjustment and connection when she goes in the water.

With that done it was then a case of making a start on wiring up the electric bilge pumps & float switches and getting them ready for testing, I'll finish that off tomorrow night.

I've also ordered up a replacement gear change cable for the port engine as it was just a bit short, along with some other bit's n pieces I need for the final plumbing in of the engines. I should have them mid week and that will let me get the engine cooling system finished. Also during the week I need to start clearing out the shed as it will be removed probably on Friday and the boat, fingers crossed will be going in the water for tests on Saturday morning. She will only be in for a couple of days maximum, enough to give the whole propulsion system a run down and check how she sits in the water so we can get the painting finished and the anti fouling done.


Another couple of hours done tonight, the bilge pumps are now all wired up and working correctly on manual and through the float switches.

The wiring behind the helm is starting to fill up the area and I've still to wire up the horn, C80, Radio & navigation lights so there will be even more wiring going in.

this is the modification I made to the engine hatches, the ply still needs to be glassed over to seal it up and the tread plate fitted to it.

I've also added a small water tight hatch so that I can access the raw water shut off valve, the remote greasers and see into the keels without having to lift the full hatch off.

Tomorrow night will see the start of the clear out of the shed in preperation for it being removed.


Went back down tonight, I gave the port engine a run for around an hour to charge up the batteries a bit. As I could only have the water supply on one engine at at time I only gave the Starboard engine a run for a couple of minutes. I'm not convinced the batteries are holding a full charge and may have to replace them, but I'll wait till I've ran both engines for a while before deciding on that one.

I also connected up the exhaust on the starboard engine so it wont be run again till she goes in the water. The bit's I ordered should arrive tomorrow so tomorrow night I'll be able to fit the gear cable and both oil coolers and finish off the raw water plumbing ready for her going in the water.

I also made a start on clearing up the shed, that will continue over the next few days.


Well today was D Day and we started off well by both sleeping in, we had planned to be down early but arrived at 8.30 followed soon after by Tickety and my father.

First job was to separate the shed, so we set about that while it poured from the heavens.

once it was separated we cut some lifting holes in it for the chains.

then it was up up and away.

Now the front half of the shed had been removed we had to remove a few more of the roof spars to let the crane in for the first lift.

As the big boat lift couldn't get right in to lift her we had to move her out of the shed using the small mobile crane.

She came out the shed without any issues.

And was sat down on blocks to allow the boat lift in.

Unfortunately the boat lift wouldn't start so the lads set about fixing that, it turned out it was the new starter that had just been fitted was duff. So in true improvisation fashion they nicked on off one of their boats and fitted it and got the lift running.

The slings were then positioned and the boat was off on a wee trip accross the yard to the launching bay.


then once in position it was time for me to climb aboard.

getting close now

Woohoo she floats

After a good check over for leaks, only one small drip on the port stern tube, I decided to fire up the engines; they decided differently. So after giving the batteries a good boost I finally got both engines fired up. I kept them running for a good hour or so to make sure everything was running fine then set about the gear linkage.

once the gear linkage was built and fitted it was time to cast off and go for a short spin, BTW that's the scrap yard in the background that went up in flames a few weeks back.


After a successful trip it was time to head back in and berth her for the night.

Tomorrow we will take her for a longer run up the Clyde into Glasgow city centre

I'm pleased with the way she is sitting as the water line was the top of the white line so she is sitting a good 3" higher in the water .


Well today we decided to give her a good run to check for any faults, we left the yard and headed up river to wards the city centre as far as the railway bridge at Glasgow central, it was good to get a new view of Glasgow (I'll add some pictures later when I get them off the camera).
We then headed back down the river and added the Erskine bridge to our collection for the day, then turned just off bowling and headed back up to the yard. We covered a grand total of 20 miles with both engines running at 2200 rpm giving a speed over water of 7knts. Prior to the rebuild I had to run the engines at 3200rpm to get 7 knts so a bit of improvement there.

The trip highlighted a couple of issues, one of the bolts securing the port alternator had snapped but it had stayed in position. I also had a bit of vibration coming from the engine; possibly caused by the broken bolt. Other than that the trip was a success, however later on the Port starter decided to start playing silly buggers, despite being brand new the solenoid has began to stick so it will be coming back off when the boat comes out the water later in the week.

The Yoker Ferry, usually only seen by Linda when going to Braehead

HMS Dauntless at UIE

The Sea Plane taking off, its support rib came across our Port Side to let us know that she would be taking off and could we keep to our starboard side.

The glasgow skyline with from the left
Tall Ship Glenlee, The armadillo(Next to the SECC), Crowne Plazza Hotel, Squinty Bridge and the BBC

The 3 Bridges: Millenium, Bells and Squinty

The Science Centre

The Armadillo

Glasgow or Jamaica St Bridge taken from under the 2nd Caledonia Railway Bridge

The Titan Crane at Clydebank college

Last but not least the Erskine Bridge


well the arrangements have been made she is coming back out the water tomorrow at lunchtime and on the 21st she should be going on the low loader and heading North to Oban. She will then go back in the water there and we will sail her back to Lochaline.

So we now have between now and the 20th to get the painting finished, her anti fouled, the mast, radar & navigation lights fitted so a busy few days ahead. One good thing is that the drip from the stern tube has now stopped after I pumped some more grease in there, so she is now for the first time in a long time a dry boat.


well just back in form her second "sea" (river) trial, we took another spin up into Glasgow city centre. This time however I had the C80 hooked up with the fish finder & GPS so was a bit happier going into unknown territory and went up past the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge before heading back down river.

As we headed down the dock I took the engines up to 2200rpm which according to the GPS was giving a speed over ground of 7.2knts though as we left the dock and went out into the tide it dropped to 6.5knts. We held that speed all the way up the river with both engines purring away happily and on the way back down she sat at a steady 7.9 knts at the same revs. Fuel usage so far is looking even better than it was as it looks like I'm getting around 15mpg which I think ant bad for a boat running twin engines.

With the trials completed, she is coming back out of the water tomorrow for the finishing off before the low loader trip.


Well that's her back out the water and on blocks again next to the shed. Yet again I managed to get the port starter to play after messing about with jump leads which is making me wonder if there is possibly a bad connection on the main feed to it, I'll check that out tonight. So now it's just a case of getting the last of the necessary work done before next Thursday.


First job was replacing the duff starter, I had already unbolted it from the engine the night before but couldn't get it out. So tonight I disconnected the prop shaft then un done the two nuts on the starter side engine mounts. the it was a case of using a bit of 3 x 2 as a lever and lifting the front of the engine just off the top of the mount bolt. This gave me enough space to remove the starter and fit the new one and test it before dropping the engine back in place. The whole job from start to finish including re connecting the prop shaft took a grand total of 30 min. That's way quicker than I've ever done it before, the extra access space makes all the difference.

Next job was to remove both the engine starter batteries and replace them with the 135amp ones so I have plenty of starting power just in case I need it.

Then it was on to making up the mast wiring harness and fitting that ready for the setting up of the mast. I also put the mast up in it's rough position just to see how it was so tomorrow night I'll be fitting that in place. Though it has all to be removed again when the boat is transported and then re fitted up at Oban.

So she is now looking like this

you can clearly see where the water line is now compared to where it was (edge of the blue).


Well yet another busy day, with the forecast being for heavy rain we weren't quite sure what we would be doing today. However as per usual the forecast was wrong and we managed to get almost all of the painting done. While Linda did some finishing off work on the cab with gel coat I set about below the waterline with undercoat, once it all had two coats of that I moved on to the anti foul and also gave her two coats of that.

The result:

It's amazing what a bit of red can do to a boat, I think she is now looking superb.

Other jobs done today: the nav lights were temp fitted on the roof of the cab and the wiring tested, the Anchor light was wired up and tested ready to be fitted when the mast comes back down ready for transporting the boat. I also ran the cables for the GPS and radar, I've got the GPS dry fitted and I'll do the same with the radar tomorrow.


well things were not looking too good when we headed down to the yard this morning, the rain was chucking it down. However by 10am it had went off and the sun came out, so it was full steam ahead. Linda set about finishing off the upper deck pain and I made a start on fitting the radar. once the mounting frame was built it was removed for varnishing and will be final fitted when we are in the water at Oban on Thursday.
I also dismantled the mast, ready for shipping and fitted the anchor light and masthead running light to it so it's all ready now.

So as it stands we are ready to move and everything required for the sail is operational and fitted or ready to fit when we arrive at Oban. Between now and thursday morning it's a case of doing as many of the final small jobs that are still to be done, the ones that arn't done by then will be done when we get back to LA.


Well D Day is almost here; the transport & police escort is booked and confirmed as are the lifts here and at Oban for when we arrive.

Tonight will see that last couple of jobs done and everything not needed for the trip removed from the boat. Everything that is needed will be put on her tomorrow morning before she leaves the yard, that way everything is kept safe and means when we get to Oban we only have to refit the mast, connect the wiring for the lights and refit and wire up the raydome.


OD day arrives:

the low loader arrived on time and the boat was carefully lifted and moved over to the trailer

She was then carefully loaded stern first.

Then at 10am we were off, as you can see she was rather wide

heading down toward loch Fyne

One of the more interesting parts of the journey and a tight squeeze through the arch at Inverary.

then it was back off the low loader at Dunstaffnage marina, Oban

then down to the water after we had waited 3 hrs for it to come in far enough to launch.

the engines fired up first kick and after a quick check that everything was sound I reversed her out of the hoist and we were soon on our way.

just passing Lismore Light house, it started to get a tad rough after this due to the wind against tide and we were well battered about by the time we reached the entrance to the Sound of Mull

then a sight I didn't really expect to see, Bob my pet gull (he /she's got a ring on his leg) came to visit, that's 6 years it's been coming to the boat for now.

And last but not least to pretty much finish the thread off

back home where she belongs

and now she is back at doing what she does best

and here is the first of my pets to visit the boat, a wee girl of 160lb that was followed by another girl of 154lb




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