Tag Archives: Boat Refurbishment

Easter Update

14 – 17 April 2017 – An update over the Easter break.

Terry came over again and gave me a hand with more internal scrapping – it was too wet over the weekend to get any lead paint on the inside.

I water blasted the interior of the forward two sections where the motor was removed and forward bunk area – the paint was more or less falling off in these areas.

Will need to remove the last of the floor boards and water blast those areas also – but will need to clean out the bucket loads of silt, mud, etc. before though – I will wait now for it to dry out.

There will be some more scrapping of the stubborn paint, but I will get the water blaster back and have another go and include the stern areas also.

I continued water blasting the forward top deck, while the covers were off, a few layers of paint came of – yellow, blue and white.

All the internal fittings have now been remove excluding the anchor chain, winch to the same and the hydraulic arm for the rudder, will try and get these removed this week and that will be the last of the demolition. Now for the cleaning and scrapping internal – this will let me finally confirm how many ribs need replacing.

Time to build a temporary cover over the entire boat.


Bow Scrapping

08 April 2017

Worked on the bow on Saturday, removing the caulking, sealants and the hard to remove paint – slow progress with scrapers, chisels and sand paper. Terry was around to lend a hand again.








Interior paint scraping

26 March 2017

After a bit of a delay in proceedings (weather, family and the refurbishment of a  8 seat dining suite, and chest of drawers) we (Terry and myself) were back into scrapping the interior hull. A lot of the paint below the floor is coming off by just running the vacuum over the flaking paint, the harder paint requires a bit of persuasion from the paint scraper.

Looks like decades of muck has accumulated in the interior – cant wait to get to the engine bay!

Below the Waterline

05 March 2017

Continued to work on the hull on the weekend, commitments meant it was just the one day. My uncle again was in on the action. We cleaned the hull below the waterline on the port side, in readiness for sanding.

I also started to remove the sealant – which was used for caulking below the waterline – there was a real mix of caulking materials used over the years – I did find some original 106 years old!




Tender Paint Removal

12 -13 February 2017

Have taken a break from the “big boat” to continue on the tender. Have been removing the paint from the hull. Using my boat cradle that I made last week, and have turned the tender upside down.

Have decided to remove the paint from the top 4 boards only and depending on how they look once sanded will decide if I will paint or polyurethane. Have found already a few places where fiberglass has been used to repair cracks in boards so we will see if these can be repaired.

Other cracks in the hull appear to be in the fiberglass which appears to have been applied to the boards below the waterline. These I have been cleaning out and sanding.

Naming “ANZAC”

14 February 2017

Have been thinking about the name on the boat including where to place it and what else I might want to go along side the name.

With out question I am going to rename the boat “ANZAC”, the name she had when my great grandfather was her skipper. To this I was going to add “Sulphur Beach, NZ” underneath in reference to her initial builders Bailey and Lowe who’s yard was on Sulphur Beach.

Bailey and Lowe Yard

I will have this in the center of the stern with “ANZAC” forming an arch over the top with “Sulphur Beach, NZ” forming the opposite curve on the bottom in a slightly smaller font.

I may include some aspects of the WW1 NZEF badge in some way – still thinking about how.


Am also thinking about putting “ANZAC” on the port and starboard side of the forward hull – we will see.


11 February 2017

Managed to remove the four bolts holding down the engine this afternoon and disconnect what appeared to be an old starter motor. I scratched around to see how to disconnect the shaft – looks like I will have to cut this off – the bolts holding the universal joint in place are solid rust – with think about it some more first though.

Will try to take some pictures and add to this post later.

Sanding the Hull

11 February 2017

A bit of a catch up post today – have now finished removing the paint from the hull, most of the caulking  has been removed, need to clean the gaps though. Have now started sanding the hull with the idea to get the primer on before the weather changes so it will be ok over winter.


A lot of work went into removing the paint from the stern, had to sand scrap and pick the paint off. Opened up a section of bog and expanded foam I found the other week, found the extend of the damage will have to spend some time on this.




Hull – Paint Removal (Con)

8 February 2017

Almost completed the paint removal from the hull. Will finish cleaning out the caulking and apply some primer soon- we will be able to turn our full attention to the interior hull cleaning and rib replacement. (Motor and fuel tank to come out first – will book Rob in for this shortly).

Have unearthed two deep gouges on the starboard side – see pictures below.





Damage uncovered when paint removed.





Calking Removal

7-8 February 2017

Have the use of some unskilled labour for the next few weeks (AKA dad and mum have arrived to help look after the place while the wife is in the UK). Have set dad to work removing the remainder of the caulking on the hull.

Am finding some areas are easier than others. In a number of locations there appears to be some over zealous caulking and some inner edges of the boards have been damaged.

Boat has dried out quite a bit now and some gaps have opened wide. I have been using a chisel (carefully) to remove the caulking compound – it seems to be the best tool – the one I have has the right shape on the sides to enable it to fit inside the join and flat on both the top and bottom board – without digging into the boards.

I am want to get the hull to a stage where I can apply some multi purpose primer, and leave it over the winter months while I work on the inside come April.


The “Speed-heater” has to be the best tool for removing paint – found it was fantastic for the paint above the waterline.