Cockpit Sole Finally Glued In

The Ballast is onboard thanks to Miles, Richard, and myself and the straps holding the exhaust have been fitted.

And today with the help of Toby [Cserve] the Cockpit Sole was finally in place.

Mile making good the WH ready for Painting


Exhaust Clams and Ballast
Sole being coated in epoxy ready for gluing
Gluing sole, Shipwright Apprentice Toby
Sole in Place


Steve “just checking Rich”
Wheelhouse Hatch readied for re-gluing.
Assistance from Harry making sure everything is true.
Shipwright Harry teaching how to glue with apoxy

[Starboard] Dry fit Cockpit sole
[Port] Dry fit cockpit sole

Wheel house Sole adapted to make removal easier.

This week we have had help from Steve, and have had a big clean up of the Bilges removing all the debris from paint removal etc; Before manhandling and dry fitting the Cockpit Sole boards into place, and they fitted first go. a big thank you to Chris and Harry at Cserve for their advice and teaching myself new skills.

Slow progress, but progress.


This weeks works included, final loose fit of Samson Posts, pattern making and cutting of cockpit sole, unable to check if it fits as I was on my own.

The engine hatch was taken apart and cleaned of all loose paint and old glue, as the loose joints were making a bad fit, this will be re glued and squared up with the help of Harry [shipwright] next week.

I have removed the inner above front screen wood so as to get a pattern for the missing port side.

All other wooden parts have been sorted into relevant bundles and marked so no parts go missing.

A big thanks to those volunteers who helped this week to include Rose and Luke

Rose removing paint from WH roof

Luke cleaning paint from Garboards



David O Hard at work
Neil S Hard at work

Samson Posts

Wedges for Samson Posts under way
Cleaned up ready for regluing
Top of Samson posts
Reinforcement before fitting Cockpit sole
Samson wedges
more cleaning up
Double clamp fitting to Exhaust flange

Clamp fitted
Fitted to stern
Clamp fitting silencer
Adapted 3” removed
Fitting clamps
Dry fitting exhaust
Skeg Shoe showing bad erosion, this will have the top and end replaced by welding in new pieces
Cleaned WH roof
Skeg Shoe End to be replaced
Cleaned up roof Flanges

As you can see by the photo’s work is progressing nicely, The Samson posts are near to being finished and the Cockpit sole will be  ready for fitting.

There has been progress on cleaning paint and old glue from the Wheel house roof so that we precede with the new cover, this has been achieved by help from David O, Neil S and Glynis.

The anode posts have been installed by Richard and David R.

The exhaust was  fitted with help from Miles  through to the Wheel house.

The Skeg Shoe is being modified.



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