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Monday and she is splashed

Today three weeks after coming out on the hard ... Marsude was splashed ... after much hard labour and many steps toward her full restoration ...

She has new Tassie Oak frames and stainless gussets and floor frames that should have been timber in the first place ... but now we just have to go with what is ...

Saturday ... the race was on

The race was on we had a few extra days so we thought we would do the topsides as well while she was out ... we were fortunate enough to have about a square metre that virtually fell off .. the rest was just hard scraping ... 95% ready for sanding and priming and hopefully we can fit in some filling ... but the main objective is to protect the hull ... till we are able to strip back , everdure, re-dynal where required and then finally paint :-)

Interior ... frame repairs have proven a bit of an achillies heel due to preparation and the application of everdure to replacement components ... the few finished frames feel terrific and solid ... tight :-) Steel work will resume once back in the water ... it's been alot of hard work ... but this is one hell of a boat and worth every moment of effort :-)  

Friday ... day off work

no photos ... too busy scraping the topsides ... on the outside and building beautiful frames insitu on the inside ... 

Thistle 1040 - Fairing begins...

Thistle fairingTaking advantage of a string of warm dry days in Oregon (if you lived in Oregon, you'd realize how strange is is to see those words all together) I started faring the Thistle. First I hit high spots with the long board and then sanded the whole hull with my Bosh 1/2 sheet sander. This is a great sander as it has a dust collector and uses 1/2 sheet of sand paper at a time. This helps in fairing and doesn't produce a wavey surface like a random orbital sander would.

Next the keelson and bow got a coat of epoxy and the first layer of micro-spheres and epoxy. It will take several layers to get things really smooth and then we'll sheath the entire hull in 6 oz. fiberglass cloth. It takes a good 24 hours for the epoxy to cure to a sandable finish. Then the long board comes out again.  

what next ...

What next on the outside? peel off the topside paint, repair dynal then undercoat and paint ... while on the inside timber frames are being repaired .... replacing the rotten out lamenated frames made of Maple of all things with Tassie Oak lamenated frames ... she is so worth it

some days the day job sounds pretty good

Some days when filthy and exhausted the day job sounds pretty easy and not too much of a pain :-)

inside damage being repaired slowly but surely

Down below after removing the rusted steel, and because we didnt have room to replace with timber, we have replaced with stainless steel ... I'm learning new stuff every day ...

Antifoul is on

Marsude now has her bottom stripped and repaired and undercoated and antifouled

Now we jsut have a few thousand jobs to go ... but she is so worth it :-)

Thistle 1040 - Rocker measurements

Thistle rocker measurement1040 Rocker measurements - Before sanding and fairing the bottom of 1040, I wanted to take the rocker measurements to see where I was with the basic shape of the hull. Rocker is the curve of the boat fore and aft as the bow and stern rise from the deepest part of the hull in the middle. The more rocker a boat has, the faster it will turn. If the forward part of the boat is deeper, the boat will go to weather better. If the aft part of the boat is flatter, it will plane faster. There were some Thistlers who believed that certain wooden hulls had super-fast shapes or that by tweaking the shape of the hull sections, one could make the boat faster. 

Thistle 1040 - Flipped!

We had the monthly Thistle meeting at our house tonight and before opening the Taco Bar, we had everyone out to the guarage to roll 1040 over. The inside is complete but still in need of final finishing and rigging. Now it's time to seal, fair sheath and paint the exterior. I'd like to have it ready for sailing on Memorial Day but it seems like I have even more work to do.

Here's a slide show of the flip. You'll see that the seats and thwart still have the plugs in the screw holes. When you're working on a schedule, some things just have to wait. I had to flip the boat when everyone was here. Now the fun really starts!

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