Thursday, 29 December 2011

Garboards out, Nice hole in the deadwood, On the plus side the garboards themselves are in really good order, Got some measurements so time for timber shopping.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

" Do ye want to make a right job of her "

So first job we done was packed up all the rigging and loose gear, brought it
home and put it away. Next up was to rip out all the fixtures, Bunks, sea toilet
etc and give it a proper inspection,
On doing that Liam stuck his head in for a look and on seeing all her doubled and
frankly quite messy looking frames in her rear quarters asked if we want to make
a right job of it, to which we nodded a "yes" . There goes sailing in 2012.
So whats on the agenda now.
Well with it being Christmas there is not a lot happening at the moment but I did
go down on Christmas eve and done some measuring and documenting of things,
She has 22 sawn frames made up of two futtocks with a butt joint and a doubler,
9 of the lower futtocks are soft or split, we may end up changing all of the lower
futtocks if we decide it would be worth while.
Between each set of sawn frames there are two steamed ones, 40 in all, 10 of these
have doublers and will have to be removed and replaced with new.
The first job and this is a big one, The keel needs replacing. Liam has already
condemned the bow knee because someone has cut the bolt heads off and a notch
has been taken out to accommodate a shorter Keelbolt , We also need to take the
ballast off to replace the bolts through the floors so they will also be out of the way,
Then we will have to see what condition the deadwoods are in and hopefully just
replace the bolts through them but thats probably wishful thinking.
The sternpost and transome I will look at when the keel is done.
So yes we're going down the rebuild route, We hadn't ruled that out anyway and
at the end of the day we feel the boat is well worth saving.
The next thing I'll do is remove the garboards and get a proper look at the keel,
We also need to get the ballast off so we can get her covered up and remove the
cockpit. I can't wait :D

Monday, 19 December 2011

Its arrived

Finally after ferry delays and Lorry trouble Teal finally made it to Oldcourt and is now sitting on a forklift waiting for some space to be made.
We started by wedging the car full of all the bits and pieces we could get into it but we'll need another trip to get the rest of it put away.

                    Never saw a boat moved like that before

                  Ken gets to see what I spent his money on :D

We're going to start by removing the rest of the interior, the sea toilet and the cockpit to make room for
repairing the frames, She has sawn frames with two steamed frames between each of them, a few of the sawn ones need work, two due to rot where the cockpit supports attach below the companionway and a few others have splits, four of the steamed frames in either rear quarter have doublers and we'll probably remove all of them and replace , I'm sure there will be more on closer inspection.
The ballast keel will probably be the first thing to come off, The keelbolts are new by the looks of them but they only go through the wooden keel and that is then separately bolted through the iron floors, The bolts through the floors are a complete unknown and probably 98 years old. Without them the ballast would essentially be hanging from the garboards so we're going to go to the effort now for the sake of it.
Wonder what we'll find in the process ?????????????????????????????????????

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Classic boat Magazine

There was this write up on "Teal" in Classic Boat in 2007 following her quick fix and trip to the baltic.
I got a copy with the boat which was nice.

Friday, 9 December 2011


Looks like the boat will be on its way by next Wednesday evening, and in Hegartys Thursday morning. Our Christmas present to ourselves for 2011.