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Old 09-07-2014, 07:08 AM   #81
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yes we are still finding little problem areas but better now then later she will be a lot better for the work being done, over 60 new ribs installed 3000+ nails and roves roved up, 200 odd hand made copper bolts made and installed 10 new cheek plates with 2 more to make, 4 new floors (across top of keel) 2 new frames and by the end 20 odd new spotted gum planks. new stern to go and a look in the bow area and replace anything in need of replacing all work but am still enjoying the challenge.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:45 AM   #82
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Looks like it is all coming together very nicely.
Better spending the time and money now and get the hull right than worry about this later on.
Sure will give you peace of mind knowing the hull is as good as new.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:55 PM   #83
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Yes Benn,
you are right on the money with a bit more of it to go,
hope to be home with her sooner then later budget blown to pieces but can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:47 AM   #84
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hello,
work keeps getting in the way of this project but its an evil necessity l guess.
We where back down the boat last week roved off all the nails that where not done removed 8 ribs four either side of the stern post, these should go in pretty
quickly as only steaming required is one or two on both sides spotted gum planking has been ordered and ready to pickup on Tuesday many many timber plugs
I've made and glued in and filled up around pictures will explain.

We are being very careful at this stage not to over look anything and painting as we go then we know we are not going back over the same area,
the first three planks are done on both sides so now its just one plank at a time and not missing anything once done paint it and forget it there are planks to replace underneath chine
and up the hull above waterline. we put the through fitting back in sounder block remade and fitted what be long and shaft and prop can go in with new cutlass bearing its got a poured white metel bearing in it with a bit of slop/play that hade to be greased so any thoughts on new bearing type was thinking the water lubricated ones.

Stern and bow are still jobs to do looking forward to the stern job will be good, total rebuild new frame and ribs and planks will be way better then its current condition.
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:08 AM   #85
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Nice work mate, slowly , slowly catchee monkey.
All looking good.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:37 AM   #87
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Hello,
well back down the boat again to tackle the ribs in the lazerette and the last few in the engine-room. chiselling out the old ribs revealed how good the timber in this boat ,
taking a large part of the day to get them ready for the new ribs punching out old nails sanding and undercoating with timber primer. In between helping lippy l was sanding off plugs
and other points on interest l finished painting the unpainted patches. Its looking great.

A new day brings new challenges, we made the new ribs cleaned out and undercoated the rebates in the chine stringer ready for the new ribs.. we started on the port side leaving the most
aft rib still in place to help planks stay in place. putting nails in where we can, planks to be removed and replaced with the spotted gum planks we went to pick yesterday but it looked to be a bigger
job then we expected so I organized transport to get it home for machining ready to take down on Tuesday next week where we will be making new planks and finishing the ribbing off with nailing
and roving them up we have put down carpet underlay, over the ribs and planks on the inside to help soak up the planks by wetting this down with sea water also put another 800 lts of water in her bilge to help
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Progress , ain't it grand.
keep at it Troy it is looking good.
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:45 AM   #89
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Thanks Benn,
yes its starting to come together now will get the planks machined and head down next week, going to try and keep the thread up to date every week fingers are
crossed for launch before chrissy
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Relating a caulking option:
Sometime back a builder ground a circle saw blade to a 15 deg kerf and fashioned a guide to run the plank seams. This clearing the seams to a 15 deg V shape. He then cut long 15 deg wedges via ripping the material on a table saw. Then applied epoxy to the seam/wedge and gently tapped the wedge into place. Sated results is a very tight dry seam.
Anyone have experience with this techinic of closing seams?
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PopArcher,
I would think that as the water swelled the planks the whole bottom would just bust apart .. each plank pushing against the next.

Troy it's good to see the basement of a good wood boat again.
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:33 PM   #92
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Thanks for stopping by manyboats and popacher
In question to the wedging of the seam with timber to my knowledge its called splining. And is one way of sealing
up your boat l will be going with the traditional method of using
cotton caulking. Manyboat thank for your comments it's a big
job but we are getting closer every week
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Troy,
I don't know about down south but up here we use tared okum for caulking hard wood planking and cotton for softwoods such as pine , oregon etc.
All my seams are caulked with okum and sealed with putty. The 2 water line seams are now sikaflexed and I have started using Norflex , flexible epoxy filler. This is the modern ducks guts filler.
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Big job

Wow what a big job. Having been down this road myself, I can remember only too well wondering if I was ever going to turn the corner from removing timber. On the subject of caulking, as you probably are well aware those planks are pretty dried out at this point. The problem for most of us is not having enough manpower to get a wood boat back in the water soon enough to keep them from drying out. If you caulk these seams tight in this condition you will probably end up with buckled planks once you splash, at the minimum you will have caulking squeeze out of the seams. In a perfect world it would be nice to splash the boat in slings for before caulking for several days if not a couple of weeks. Unfortunately it would be hard to find a yard that would do that for you. What I have done is wrap the hull with canvas painters tarps and used soaker hoses along the gunnel to wet the hull and keep it wet for several weeks before caulking. It's not perfect but it's better than not doing anything. If you don't have the manpower to move fast on the caulking you might consider focusing on the bottom below the waterline and splashing and finishing the hull sides in the water. Unfortunately one of the challenges of working on wood boats is time, they just seem to fall apart before your eyes as they dry out. A word of caution as you replace planks keep an eye on the fairness of your hull, wood boat are easy to distort with hull supports, you can't have enough supports in my mind. It looks like your doing a nice job, working part time makes a tough job even more difficult, I hope you enjoy the challenge, there are unfortunately many false summits on these projects, hang in there when your done you will have a truly unique vessel.
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Thanks Scary,
Thanks for that mate, we are trying to close the planks up as we progress outwards have carpet underlay down closing up the seams with the weather of late hasn't been to hot and getting rain as well so she has closed a lot since the warmer weather last year. After summer hit I was thinking how are these seams ever going to touch fit again some I could put my thumb through but have close up nicely with the colder weather were having so would like to have her in the water before it heats up again with the underlay in to should speed up the process. keep in touch, just on the caulking scary we are laying in cotton caulking quite loosely paint seam first lay cotton in paint again if another layer required more cotton them paint and putty is the process, most just going in by hand not to much hammering with the paint and putty holding it in as she starts to swell.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:04 AM   #96
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Hello,
Bit of and update on the progress on the Tracey Lea, We have machined up the planks and took them down a week or two ago.
We spent last week down the boat and started to put in new planks they are looking spot on and starting to fill in a few holes that i have created, we managed to
in 6 planks amongst roving off nails in lazerett while we lost power on the site for a few hours. lippy refasten planks along the chine stringer along the planks with
steps in them also looks great will post some pictures to help so you all what we have been up to more planking next week so more pictures to follow.
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Good progress man, keep the photos coming.
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Hello all, hope everyone has recovered from Christmas. plenty has been done since I last posted. and heaps of photos to boot so stay tuned to see some more pulling apart and new construction work...
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Troy,
Good to see you are back on the job.
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