Saturday, September 26, 2009

And the patient is.......

.....resting comfortably on her back. Ready for bottom removal and hours of leveling and straightening before fabrication of new bottom- and most topside frames.

The entire bottom - transom corner is wrapped in copper flashing, nailed in with hundreds of copper brads. Some kind of window glazing or putty was put into rot voids.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Roll-over day!

After much planning, the day had come for my first antique boat roll-over. I've made lift frames, made my own "Dannenberg light" rollers, brazed the hull and was ready to go. And it went as smooth as can be. With help from my neighbor, it was done in 1 1/2 hour, including setup of frames and rigging.

1/3 of the way around. I could have tighten the 4" straps a little, but just enough clearance.

Everything held up just fine. and ready to roll back into the shop for bottom removal and straightening.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brazed for success?

The old crocked hull need to be supported before attempting to roll her over. Cross brazing with tie-inn to the keel is installed.

Since I don't have enough roof height in my shop, the boat needs to be moved outside for the roll-over. I installed built inn dollies that will work as support when moved inside again. Take the wheels off, unscrew from the engine stringers and start leveling and straightening.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Boat works, finally!

Most of the other projects are finally done, so now it's time for boat work! Remaining hardware is now out of the boat, ready for some structural brazing for the turn-over.

The "wiring harness" is out, complete with Homer boxes and all. I will save it for future reference use.

Are getting things moving along now. installing brazing tomorrow, and turn-over in the next few days. Ordering White Oak for the frames, and a new bandsaw is already on order. Check back for updates!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Riva cruise in Oslo Harbor

Torbjørn Skjøren, President of Riva Club Norway, offered my wife, a friend and my self a Sunday afternoon cruise in Oslo Harbor while on vacation in August. Could not pass on a chance to get a ride on his beatifull 1961 Riva Tritone.

Now, it's just to get to work and get my own boat ready!