The work begins

Finally started to do some work on Sjogin. Nothing more than removing the rub rail on the Starboard side but it’s a beginning. I’ll discuss options with Paul first before doing anything else. Not sure if I should start removing planks yet. The entire Starboard sheer strake and six others forward will need to be replaced. A lot will depend on when Beaton’s can get back up to speed and bring herĀ into the shop.

Largish hole
Removed the temporary patch. Seven out of her eleven planks forward will have to be replaced. Assume all will be removed back to their current butt blocks. I spoke to Tom about the process and he said all will need to be steamed to fit properly. It may be a good idea to replace the Port sheer strake as well. We’ll see.

Rails removed
After removing the rub rails I was surprised to find little evidence of any rot. As far as I can tell they were never removed since she was built. Not too bad after fifty years. The toe rails will be removed as well as the deck edge has to be renewed in spots.

Also thinking about removing the fiberglass on the deck. Once the deck edges are fixed it may be wise to fair the deck and add a layer of plywood followed by a layer of polyester cloth set in epoxy. Of course that leads to a slippery slope as the coamings should be replaced as well.

Found enough hose to reach Sjogin and hose her out. I think I’ll be finding bits of grass and such for years. It got everywhere.

Tradition continues
The tradition continues of having a Christmas Wreath on Sjogin’s mast. She’s usually floating when this is done but allowances need to be made.

Empty slip
You all know what you should be seeing in this photo. Next year perhaps.

A clue
The parted line was the spring. The intact line and eye was the stern line. It seems the stern line held and allowed Sjogin to swing to leeward and bang against the piling between her and the next slip.

The culprit
Here’s the piling to leeward of Sjogin’s slip. You can see how worn it is near the top. I suspect I’ll find bit’s of planking and paint stuck in the top.

Another castaway
New addition to the driveway fleet. One of the few fiberglass Duckboats around. I like the name.

Sorry for the delay between posts. Not much Sjogin activity and busy with returning to relatively normal life. More Beaton pics soon.

2 comments on “The work begins”

  1. The wood in her looks good, doesn’t it and it’s interesting that there are butt blocks. I’m especially glad to see you didn’t lose the bronze letters for the name. Those are scarce as hen’s teeth.

    By the way, what is the stuff on top of the pilings and what does it do?

    Happy 2013 to both of you.

  2. Yes, she looks sound though a careful survey may find internal injuries. When the planks are removed from the stem we may find problems there.

    I continue to take comfort in of Phil Bolger’s observations that an over built boat is still useful after it’s half rotten.

    That’s concrete on the top of the pilings used as a cap to protect the end grain. Sjogin knocked of one of them.

    Best of the Season to you and yours Dave.

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