messing about in boats

A bit of retrospective

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance by Joseph Moore on December 6, 2010

I was looking back through some old posts and came across this one from earlier in the year. So I guess now it’s time to see what’s left and reassure myself that actually more or less everything now is to satisfy my desire to have a tidy boat rather than a structurally sound one.

  • Patch a crack in the deck
  • Repair the port quarter under the pushpit base
  • Fill and fair scuffs on the port topside
  • Repair section of starboard bow which has been torn off (on closer inspection – very structural!)
  • Repair area of damp wood from a previous repair on starboard bow
  • Rebuild missing section of starboard transom
  • Repair transom crossbeam (now removed from boat)
  • Figure out where the water in the bilge is coming from
  • Repair stringers on port side (just needs glassing)
  • Refit bow roller
  • Reattach deck to stringers on port side
  • Repair top of companionway
  • Deck over bow well
  • Investigate what’s behind suspicious bits of plywood under the heads
  • Build forward bunks (and maybe move the sea toilet)
  • Make cushions
  • Make new hatch lid that actually fits
  • Rewire everything
  • Go for a sail
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  1. LangstoneLayabout said, on January 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Ah, the beauty of the ‘things to do’ list that most older boats have… And to think that the previous owner didn’t seem to want to sell it to me!

    Keep going at it Joe, I expect to see it a gleaming white when I sail past in April…

  2. LangstoneLayabout said, on January 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Oh yes, the bow well: leave it open, it’ll come in useful for the anchor when you are out cruising.

  3. messingaboutinboats said, on January 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for the encouragement, Adam. If the rain holds off this weekend is looking lovely and mild – ideal to do the last of the jobs. Nearly a month of below zero temperatures, snow and rain hasn’t really aided progress!

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