Winter project 2014/15: cabin sole and engine box

Delays on going to Woodbridge

Our trusty Bongo, due for it's MOT in May, has to have more welding done in order to pass. This means another late start to work in Woodbridge, but there's been great progress in the Derbyshire hilltop workshop!
Steve's been working on the cockpit floor, engine box and cabin sole, using the reclaimed teak from the deck.

  • Rust on the sills, failed MOT
  • All the interior stripped for the welding
  • Shiny and new again, with MOT!
  • Old cabin sole, teak and holly
  • Making the pattern for the new sole
  • New sole taking shape
  • Teak and 'holly' for new sole

Winter 2014/2015

With all the patterns carefully made before leaving Woodbridge, and brought home to Derbyshire, the winter project was to make the engine box and sole.
After a few experiments with the teak reclaimed from the deck, and various options for 'holly', the final decision was made and Steve started work in earnest.
Many chilly hours spent in the workshop resulted in a wonderful varnished engine box becoming part of the living room furniture in February, and by Easter, the sole was complete as well!

May Day weekend, 2015

May Day weekend finds us in Woodbridge at last! There's an OGA Rally at Tollesbury, so we drop off all the floors at the tent and drive on to Tollesbury. Sunday finds us back at the tent and the moment of truth. Will the floors fit? Steve lifted them all into the boat, and assembled them . . . yes! There's a few minor alterations, but it's time to start painting the interior of the hull and checking out all those last butt blocks first. The cockpit floors are also in place now. We'd hoped to spend at least a week to catch up on lost time, but the weather turns against us again. On Monday evening there's 45 mph gusts forecast for Tuesday afternoon, continuing into Wednesday, with heavy rain . . . so it's time to put the tarps up again inside the tent and return to Derbyshire, impossible to work in those conditions!
  • Cockpit goes in
  • New floors and engine case
  • Starting to paint the hull inside
  • Calm before the storm
  • Erecting the tent within the tent
  • Preparing for gales in May!

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