improving and maintaining Albin 33

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update.
After enjoying the ship for a while, I completely forgot to give updates on the progress of the work. The swordfish is back on dry land this winter and I am working hard again to make it beautiful.
first i will show the past projects in finished condition, and subsequently this year's projects.

I hope you enjoy...
 

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She looks pretty good to me.
 
After I renovated the deck hatch in the aft cabin in 2017, I continue to find it annoying to maintain the woodwork. Because I am making the entire boat low-maintenance, the roof hatch is also due. This summer I bought another deck hatch with an aluminum frame and plexiglass. I covered this with EVA foam to make it look like wood. I also did the same trick with the router as in 2017 and it looks just like real. low maintenance and hopefully waterproof for another 30 years
its ready to install when im finished with the caprail and railing job
 

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That hatch is pretty freaking sweet. It should help stop some heat from coming in the boat and let the solar vent work better.
 
Unfortunate the caprail was rotten in a few places so it was removed and will be replaced with pvc woodlook
 

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The peaces are welded and sand down. After that, a woodgrain is made, to make it look like teak
 

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Also a new stainless samson post is made. Is slides over the old one en is fixed with glue en screws
 

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A new front cabin hatch is installed. Like the new hatch in the aft cabin, this one is also customized with a solar fan
 

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A discision is made to replace the old teak hand railings.
I have used the old one as a bending mold. This way i could coldbent the new stainless in the correct radius
 

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Its not allowed to weld metal in the hangar. so a temporary welding tent is set up. The stainless is marked and then tackwelded outside in the tent. Then its taken back inside for fitting. After all was good and aligned the railing is taken to my wordshop just around the corner for a complete weld.
Luckely i found a couple of nice hinges with the same outside diameter for a nice clean look
 

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By lack of a correct size bending tool i did some improvising again.
Turned out quit well in the first try
 

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Some scrap material where found, some aditional projects where born.
And 2 flagpoles where made
 

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Some more scrap materials where found, hahaha
And made somthing usefull out of it
 

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By lack of a correct size bending tool i did some improvising again.
Turned out quit well in the first try
For bending 1" SS I use an appropriate bicycle wheel. You must pad the wheel well or the spoke ends will print into the SS. One BIG tip - be sure the weld seam is not at the "side" of the bend. It could flatten at that spot. Inside the curve is best
 
Hatch in the aft cabin is installed
 

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Found some photos from last year. I made a new stainless mastfoot and mast. Cant find photos of the complete project. I will post them later.
For the old mast to fold down, fist i had to fold down the bimini to the front, fold the mast foreward and then the bimini to the aft. This setup both mast and bimini fold backwards, mutch quicker and more room at the helm
 

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The need for a quick foldable mast in the netherlands is a must ;-)
I think we can call this a 2 inch gap..? (5 cm)
 

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To keep the mast upright, i use 2 stainless pipes 22mm pointing to the front instead of 4 rigging wires. Nice, sturdy, clean look
 

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With all of the work you have done (beautiful by the way) I do hope your original purchase price was $0 :)
 
well..... :) i see it more like an adventure and a hobby. for the most part i can get my parts and materials for cheap and sometimes free.
occacionaly i have to buy some machines like welders and such, wich i earn back by doing small work for others.
Yes it cost allot of money but this way i keep in balance
 
Really nice work. Definitely pro quality and well thought out. Great job.
 
Hello compatriot,

And I just think that there is no work to be done on a polyester ship.
You make something beautiful out of it, beautiful stainless steel work with beautiful solutions due to lack of the right tools.

Mvg,

Pascal.
 
Last "big" project before my holiday.
A new salon table
 

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