PROGRESS REPORT #23
12th September 2022.
PAUL SPOONER VISIT 6TH – 8TH SEPTEMBER 2022.
Go ahead and install 25 Kg lead ingots under tanks and as many aft of the engine as will fit. LCG is directly below the forward end of the main deckhouse. Gardner engine shall be considered as 2 tonnes of ballast.
- Remove all stainless-steel deck fittings and replace with bronze. Anchor chafing plate – change to bronze or leave as stainless.
- Remove stainless steel chain plates, sand or bead blast and paint white. While chain plates are off caulkers can caulk behind where fittings previously obstructed. Reinforce turnbuckle termination holes as required.
- Modify main deckhouse. Raise overall height by 8” and insert 3 tempered glass side windows. Bronze surrounds and brass bars to protect.
- Raise the floor inside the deckhouse (above engine room) so that on-watch crew can sit and look out the windows.
- Move chart table to inside deckhouse.
- Removable hatch in floor to facilitate Gardner engine removal if required.
- Access steps leading into forward and aft cabins which will provide and extra cabin adjacent to the engine room.
- Access to the starboard side of the engine will be from a removable hatch in this cabin.
- Splitting the existing master stateroom into two cabins.
- Final bathroom configuration.
- Forward section accommodation layout.
- Anchor chain fall line to chain locker.
Mast and Rigging (in brief)
- Installation of large Antal winches each side of the mainmast for hoisting throat and peak halyards. Electric or hydraulic? Still in discussion.
- Spreader lengths will be increased. Actual amount to be determined.
- Replace existing main boom with new to increased diameter scantling.
- Build new main gaff in spruce.
- Build new top yard.
Our full paint team working for eight months finally complete the steel restoration works.
Huge job coming to an end.
Fibreglassed tube where bolt goes through mast. Water cannot penetrate.
Wiring corroded by seawater flooding.
Engine room electrical box was submerged in seawater during Singapore floodings. Full rewire necessary.
TOPMAST LIGHTNING STRIKE REPAIRS
Finishing off. Like new again.
A skill that is fast disappearing.
Head shipwright Mike Howett hovering like an expectant father watching the latest plank being positioned
Day after day, planking, planking.
Starting to look like a hull again.
Tar barrier between plank and steel frame.
Note the compound twists in the planks under the tuck.
Teak deck file photos 2008.
Cariad Project Manager
12th September 2022