is amazingly tight and looks in better shape than Ricochet did when I
viewed her. I'll be getting her in the shop as soon as the
transport company can get her to me. Here is a post I did
about her with some photos.
More to come when I get them.
Ah yes, the restoration of Lady J starts in earnest. First we pulled
the little Kubota that hasn't fired in over 18 years.
spins freely, seems to have good compression and has both
compression relief and glow plugs. My big old Perkins has neither. The
heat exchanger is toast.
the boys worked with heat guns on the paint, wooding the old
girl, I went after the seams. This job is not entirely painless.
compound the previous folks used is like an epoxy, hard as a rock
and sticks well to the wood on whatever side it stuck to. I have to
chip it loose and then reef it out. I'll post a video tonight showing
the painful, tedious process.
I get lucky with a long run, usually not...
were some dubious repairs done to her in the past, such as this
thru-hull plug with fasteners set in seams. I'll have to scarph in
planking to fix that.
also has drilled holes in the shaft strut in order to make sure
the goop they faired it with stuck. C'mon..., drilling holes in
perfectly good, irreplaceable bronze for THAT? Somebody needs an
course, the goop they stuck on caused it's own issues that I'll have
to deal with.
seams do clean up nicely, if well opened. Seeing as how see has 9"
centers on the ribs, I'm not worried about caulking too hard. This is
the best built Kettenburg I've yet seen, much stouter than the K-38's
shoddy work in the sisters and transom where they didn't sink the
fasteners enough to set bungs. I'll have to fix this, especially on the
transom where she'll be bright.
boys have been making good progress as well.
all in all, it's been a bit tedious but steady. She'll go inside
the shop next week for further work as the yard gets nervous with all
of the scraping and carrying on we're doing. We do vacuum up a couple
times a day though. Yes, that's right. We vacuum pavement and dirt to
clean up the paint chips. I reckon we have the cleanest dirt in the
are pictures of the broken and cracked ribs either from old age or the
hull is coming along nicely.
We've been busy trying to finish the hull on Lady J. The framing is
finally completed and the bilges almost so. The boys have been working
on the house today, stripping that hideous red stain as much as
Still looks kinda orange to me...
The hull is detailed and ready for stain, mostly. I put some on to see
if the customer likes it.
didn't like any of the stock colors so what you see is a two step
process. The base stain followed by a light wiping of a Mahogany Red
I still have to hand make this rudder trim piece from that gorgeous
chunk of Sapele.
are heating up quickly.
Another week gone by, mainly on finishing the seams, well, almost. We
ran out of seam compound when UPS didn't deliver like they said they
tried to do. We were there all day and no UPS delivery attempts were
made. Regardless, the seams below the waterline are done and about 5
hours worth of work will finish the rest when our materials finally
show up. Here's a shot of the bow.
will surely be happy when these seams are completely done. It's been a
chore beyond compare. There's paint in the bilges but it's not ready
for prime-time yet so those shots will have to wait till next weeks
One thing we found is absolutely not a single valve on any of the thru
hulls. Just hoses. We'll be changing that....
After I bought two more multitools (Rockwell) the job of clearing out
the old seam compound went much faster with three guys working it. I
was still using my tool for rib replacement. We used a semi-circular
sanding blade to get all of the residue out and prep the seams.
Yesterday, we started paying the seams with cotton, both eight strand
and cotton. Some of the places where the seams close up, you'd have to
separate strands out and do those only to rejoin strands when it opened
afternoon, I started applying seam compound. Nasty, NASTY stuff to work
with. Very stiff and clay like. It doesn't like sticking to the inside
of the planking and will sometimes fall out just when you think ya have
it set. Very oderifous as well so ya know you've been at it too long
when ya can't smell it anymore.
that's pretty ugly but I'll clean it up tomorrow after it's cured a
bit. Jay was on the same side still paying seams further up the hull.
came in with a Samurai topknot today, interesting doo. Zach was forward
finishing the seam along the stem post that runs all the way from the
back of the keelson.
was hanging out by himself to Starboard working seams.
I was relaxing some kinks after laying in that section of compound. My
hands were sore today.
there Boys get to join the compounding fun starting tomorrow....
Anyways, that's another week and at least it looks like we're making
headway at last.
Time for an update.
Some of the issues faced this week are iron sick floors, sprung planks
and a bad plank, along with the seam reefing and detailing of the
planks for varnish. I picked up a nice piece of Sapele for the bad
plank and took care of it today.
I cut the piece and fitted it in with shims at first.
bored the new screw holes prior to glue up and then mixed epoxy and
mahogany sawdust. I set the scarph joint with screws and let it cook a
bit before I had big Zach press the new plank flush while I drove
It flushed out nicely.
The boys worked the seams again today.
I should do these last three salon ribs tomorrow.
and so it goes....