Tag Archives: Boat Repairs

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!




Motor Stripping

01 March 2017

This evening with help from Toby we started to strip down the Ford D Series Motor – This motor had not been running for over 2 years. I was told when I purchased ANZAC that it had only done 3,000 miles since it was last serviced.

The worry was if and salt water had got in to it form where it appears she took on some water at some point in time.

So far the signs are all good with the bolts and various components all coming off relatively easily, the head was removed and she is looking in great shape. So it looks like we will be giving the motor a birthday and reusing her (big $ saving)!




We now need to remove the rusted bolts on the prop shaft to allow the motor to be lifted – looking forward to it!

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.




Tender Cradle

5 February 2017

A few days ago I purchased the materials I needed to build a cradle for the tender (clinker), have been meaning to for some time to put this together. I spotted on the internet a few ideas and have modified to something I think will work.

With the adjustable straps (tie downs) supporting the boat I believe I can have the tender both up the right way and upside down – will see how it goes.


I cut out the frame on the 1st Feb and assembled on the 5nd Feb. I will attach some castor wheels to the base so I can wheel it in and out of the garage – keeping the dust out of the place.





Sunday 29 January 2017

Today I sketched up a plan for a new work bench – though not going into ANZAC I need this for my Christmas present to myself – the “Emcostar” – a multi tool bench mounted power tool – band saw, belt sander, orbital sander, table saw, grinder, drill, lath, router, etc…. good old Austrians!


Have made it so I can wheel it outside to keep the dust out of the garage. Picked up a desk from the local mower shop (free), it had no top and was going to recycle the draws on ANZAC but I felt they did not quite fit the bill. I removed the legs and center section just leaving me the draws – had to play with the timber slides as the bottom of the draws had “sanded” grooves in them (Simply pulled them out and put them back in upside down).

Two draws were unusable so will make an open shelf on one side, as well as a shelf in the middle. The idea is draws will hold all the components, and spare belts, blades etc for the Emcostar, and maybe a few other bits and bobs.

Just the shelves to go then its completed – sanded the draws as Grace decorated some of them with her “Street Art”.