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Cruiser restoration and wheelchair adaption

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  • Daibheid wrote: »
    I'm sure you'll have a reason and I know you have done with it now Ferghal but why didn't you mount the transducer inside the hull for less through holes and ease of fitting?


    That transducer has down view side view and chirp along with water temp as the hull is made up of different laminates of fibreglass and up to an inch and a half thick I didn't want to take the risk of loosing any signal.




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  • Received a nice collection of powerplus tools from Arro Eec Hardware Balbriggan today :) thanks again for all your votes I very much appreciate it, time to put these bad boys to work.


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  • A bit of an added extra :) it looks like there is a chess board built into the boat.

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    Or else it's just a standing point for pulling up the anchor although each side of it is non slip the squares are smooth , I was going to put the windlass there but now I think it should be kept as a chess board.

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    Nothing exciting this week I made up some new timbers for the sliding roof.

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    And cleaned up the surrounds.

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    Put some mahogany planks around the platform to seal the edges of the deck and yes they are parking sensors :) with these I can tell by the sound of the beeps the right distance form the dock for the wheelchair ramp.


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  • The mornings are starting to get a bit colder so I decided to fit the D2 diesel night heater :) first off I fitted a stand pipe into the fuel tank and connected the fuel pump.


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    I think thats right, feel free to point anything that might be wrong as this is my first time seeing let alone fitting a night heater.

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    Nice and cosy :)

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    Fitted the weed hatch in place, still have a bit to do on sealing it up and locking the bottom in place. I also put a tyre tube valve in the side so I can pump air in and force any water out, not sure if it will work or not time will tell.

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    Gave the bottom a coat of Hempel underwater primer.

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    Starting to clean up a bit now should look better when I get the top primer on.

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  • More mahogany to make the rub rails.


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    I planed them down using the old INCA combination table I restored, did the job just fine just a shame half the planks had to become sawdust :( but at least I know some chickens are going to get expensive bedding for the winter.


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    I cut them into 3x1 and 2x1 lengths so it will make it easier to bend them into shape.


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    Also made up a jiig to cut the scarf joints.


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    Epoxied together, I'll leave them set over the weekend make that a week "mid term"


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    Just about done with the sanding starting to look allwhite.

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  • Looking great Fergal. It will be an amazing craft. A real Lazarus.




  • Not much time to spend working on her this week so I just did a few quick jobs. The toe rail is in bad shape with lumps out of it and full of cracks so many that it wouldnt be worth grinding them all out so I just filled the worst of the damage and then brushed on epoxy and let it seep into the cracks.


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    Next I put some 2" fiberglass cloth over it to pervent any more cracking.


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    Just needs two more coats of epoxy and it should be grand.

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    Glued up the rub rails with a bit of a bend in them.

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    I might carry on the top one instead of putting the black D moulding it would be a tight bend so would have to be done in thin strips laminated together.


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    The bottom one is all of the original ones that could be saved.

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  • fergal.b wrote: »
    I might carry on the top one instead of putting the black D moulding it would be a tight bend so would have to be done in thin strips laminated together.

    Thought a man of your caliber would try steam bending before resorting to the easy way;)




  • gutteruu wrote: »
    Thought a man of your caliber would try steam bending before resorting to the easy way;)

    I will be :) even if I go with 1/4" laminations they would have to be steamed bent to get around the bow, I would have a hard time bending 3" x 1" mahogany around this :eek:


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  • Fantastic work Fergal. Just wondering how you are planning to close off the passageway cut into the transom to prevent water coming in in rough weather?


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  • Pete67 wrote: »
    Fantastic work Fergal. Just wondering how you are planning to close off the passageway cut into the transom to prevent water coming in in rough weather?

    The bit I cut out will be going back into a frame with a seal and I will be using some old window handles and wedges to seal it in place :)


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  • Looking good fergal, with the time and effort showing dividends. Hats off to the "sandman" also. One of the dirtiest, most tedious, thankless tasks to be undertaken.




  • sogood wrote: »
    Looking good fergal, with the time and effort showing dividends. Hats off to the "sandman" also. One of the dirtiest, most tedious, thankless tasks to be undertaken.

    He has certainly has done a great job and saved me a lot of back breaking work that my old back can't handle any more :) As a thank you for Christmas I'm giving him the tool bag I won from Arro along with spanners a saw and a sockets set "if anyone can think of other things to put in the bag let me know" hopefully this will encourage him to keep on using his hands when I'm finished with him :D

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  • Good stuff! As mentioned previously, my part time holiday work, back in the dim distant past gave me the bug for DIY and some of my first ever wages went on tools of my own. Maybe throw in a book on basic joinery/projects etc.

    Anyway, well done to both of you!




  • A good (safe on mains voltages) multimeter.




  • Just to second this - it doesn't have to be an all singing and dancing Fluke meter (rolls royce level of multimeters) one from Argos or Halfords will do. Once he gets comfortable with using it he will be able to buy a better one (if he wishes) when He knows what he'll use it for.

    Hats off to you for doing this, you've growing a skill set in someone that may never have gotten the chance to learn otherwise




  • I'm seconding the multimeter choice - it doesn't have to be an all singing and dancing Fluke meter (rolls royce level of multimeters) one from Argos or Halfords will do. Once he gets comfortable with using it he will be able to buy a better one (if he wishes) when He knows what he'll use it for.

    Hats off to you for doing this, you've growing a skill set in someone that may never have gotten the chance to learn otherwise




  • He can't read or write so books are out for now, I haven't done much wiring with him just a bit of soldering if we do a bit more maybe I could show him the basics of a multimeter but at the moment I would be a bit afraid of letting him loose with one :D
    He was certainly a God send yesterday taking out the windscreen I don't know if you know the type of windows but they have screws on the outside and little studs on the inside that are supposed to lock in place of course most of these turned when you turn the screw so it had to be held with a vice grips, I would have never been able to do this job on my own.

    On another note I'm thinking of not showing you anymore photos of the outside of the boat till it's done a bit of a shock factor :cool: what do you think yea or nay.

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  • fergal.b wrote: »
    ...... taking out the windscreen I don't know if you know the type of windows but they have screws on the outside and little studs on the inside that are supposed to lock in place of course most of these turned when you turn the screw so it had to be held with a vice grips, I would have never been able to do this job on my own.

    On another note I'm thinking of not showing you anymore photos of the outside of the boat till it's done a bit of a shock factor :cool: what do you think yea or nay.

    That is what children/grandchildren are for! (and getting wet on a trailer retrieve on a bad slipway!);) Do I suspect a fire-engine red hull paint job?




  • That is what children/grandchildren are for! (and getting wet on a trailer retrieve on a bad slipway!);) Do I suspect a fire-engine red hull paint job?

    I do like fire engine red I once restored an MGBGT and painted it that colour :) but I don't think it will suit this hull but then again you never know :confused:




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  • fergal.b wrote: »
    I do like fire engine red I once restored an MGBGT and painted it that colour :)

    Red fades from sunlight, even using two part International paint you will need to repaint every 2 or 3 years to keep her looking good. I had 20 years experience of this!




  • fergal.b wrote: »
    I do like fire engine red I once restored an MGBGT and painted it that colour :) but I don't think it will suit this hull but then again you never know :confused: .

    Well you did say ‘shock’.:eek: From memory that was not an original colour for the B’s – they had orange-y reds and some really awful colours in the green/brown spectrum. A restored white one lives near me and by weird coincidence I knew the original owner and had driven it. I suppose the pendulum had to swing away from the blacks, dark browns and burgundies, hence the powder blues, strange greens, etc. of the 60's and 70's. I remember E-Types in primrose yellow and a pale ‘baby blue’ .

    For the boat, I wouldn’t replicate the colour scheme, it is very ‘dating’. I think she would look well with a British Racing Green hull and a cream/ off-white superstructure (all of it), with the rubbing strakes finished in your usual spectacular high gloss epoxy/varnish.

    It really is great to see the progress, it’d cheer anyone up!:)




  • No fancy colours in the paint job just plain old white I'm afraid :)

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    Still playing around with the rub rail cutting the edges off with a skill saw.

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    And sanding them down, the next good day I will give them a coat of epoxy.

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    I have been thinking about what to do for the engine cover "all ideas welcome" I thought of maybe using an old steam trunk, making a treasure chest or using part of a whiskey barrel :D I got this in the second hand shop for €2 as it only had 3 legs :) so I decided to play around with it although it will give a bit of storage space and work as a seat or table I just feel it's too imposing.

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    Or I could just make a non functional low profile cover maybe something this shape.


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  • Is the low cover not a trip hazard - you could end up cursing it and by extension yourself some day in choppy water




  • Is the low cover not a trip hazard - you could end up cursing it and by extension yourself some day in choppy water

    Good point.



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  • fergal.b wrote: »
    I have been thinking about what to do for the engine cover "all ideas welcome" I thought of maybe using an old steam trunk, making a treasure chest or using part of a whiskey barrel :D I got this in the second hand shop for €2 as it only had 3 legs :) so I decided to play around with it although it will give a bit of storage space and work as a seat or table I just feel it's too imposing.

    I'd go for something that acts as a table, drop-leaf sides to it, wine bottle storage :-) etc.

    ps - You're right to go with the white hull. I restored a boat some years ago and went with navy blue - now I "feel" every mark and scrape on it... At least a white fibreglass hull scrapes white...




  • This is sort of what I'm thinking " sorry my computer skills aren't as good as doing it for real :D" I will use oneway black film to tint the windows, paint the frames and I have some black perspex that I can use to make up fake windows and change the shape of them and bring them up to date a bit. :D

    Just noticed this is my 5000 post might be an omen :)

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  • fergal.b wrote: »

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    I was thinking the same awhile ago while reading this thread Fergal. I have seen an older boat (broom 37) which had the windows disassembled and either powder coated or black anodised, which looked great. Might be worth considering if you are resealing windows.

    Also what about vinyl wrap or decals to fill in the bits between the windows?

    Edit: top work as ever btw.




  • So this week I replaced the perspex windshield with toughened glass.

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    Gave the rub rails a few coats of epoxy.

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    and gave the sides two coats of primer.

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    Starting to look like a nice boat if I don't mind saying so myself :)


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    As I started working on the back door I came across her original name " Gay Lady " or gay lady 2 and some other words that maybe one of you can work out.

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    Nothing against gay ladies or very happy ladies but I dont think I will keep the name so I think I have to do some sort of drinking ritual with Poseidon in order to change it :) If anyone has done the ritual and there boat is still affloat I'd love to hear what you did to please the Gods.

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  • I was on to a guy "Craig Slawson" he keeps track of all Norfolk Broads boats and he said she was a hire boat for Bushnells of Maidenhead in 1980 and thats the second line, another bit to her story. :)

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