Blog — Saturday , 28  June, 2019

Blog — Saturday , 28 June, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Richard, Michael and Kawashima worked on the coverboard. They were very conscious about knots in the wood.



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The production of the cover board around the stanchions and chainplates continues.


 Chuck and Nat are working in the mast workshop. There are stands built of pipe that hold the various masts when they are not being worked on.


Hashimoto is starting to build the skylight hatch window


Lewis and Nico are working on blocking for the bronze steering pedestal which will take the end of the rudder tube and carry the geared mechanism and quadrant for the steering.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

 The mast workshop is in full swing. Nat said he has to work very quickly because the varnish dries quickly in the heat.


Sole bearers (or floor beams) made of oak are being built to go in the bottom of the boat (below) to support the sole, or floor.


Kakimoto started installing the sole bearers from the engine room bulkhead working forward, where there are no tanks. The bearers have to be cut around and screwed to the frames of the ship. The originals were held with large iron nails but we’ve upgraded to bronze screws.



Thursday, June 27, 2019

The crane is coming at 13 o’clock tomorrow to drop the tank in, so Ben, Kawashima, and Kakimoto are making the final preparations with the forms for the tank.


Chuck is checking the location of the chainplates, where the rigging wires will be attached.


We’re fitting the coverboard section of the sub-deck, using a baton to find the line of the coverboard and deck perimeter and checking for fairness.


Friday, June 28, 2019

The installation of the tanks was completed on schedule, as can be seen in the above photos.


While the tank loading work was being carried out, Paul and Chuck were discussing the detailed arrangement of the rigging mountings.

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Blog — Friday , 21  June, 2019

Blog — Friday , 21 June, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

 The tanks have been fabricated of stainless steel and pressure tested. Now they’re ready for installation.


Hashimoto has begun production of the circular surround for the sail locker hatch (all the other hatches are square). The plan (below) shows its location.


And work is continuing on the pattern for the coverboard that will show the shape, the joint positions, and the stanchion positions.



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Three craftsmen from Stirling & Sons have been fairing the hull to make the surface perfect.


Ben and Richard continue to work on the placement of the tanks and engine.


General repairs are continuing in the workshop . . .


. . . on the circular sail locker hatch . . .


. . . and repairing original hatches where old fittings have allowed fresh water ingress.


Chuck and Nat have set up their workshop for working on the mast.



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

This primer coat helps in the hull fairing process. When the hull is bare timber, only the most obvious imperfections can be seen. But with the uniform color of the paint, more detail is visible. The hull is then sanded with long boards (long, flexible sanding boards made of plywood), which remove the paint from high spots—showing where sanding is needed.


Wada and Kakimoto started painting the sail locker in the interior of the stern, seen in the plan above. This is used for the storage of sails, lines, deck gear tools and spares.


The three men from Stirling & Sons are using long boards as they continue to fair the hull.



Thursday, June 20, 2019

As Ian sands, the high spots appear as the wood shows through the paint. As the hull becomes fair, most of the paint will be removed.


Samples of the refurbished original lights and door handles have arrived back from the UK. One of the old ones can be seen in the background of the top photo. The patterns all date from Cynara’s original build in 1927.



Friday, June 21, 2019

Nat sanding the masts.


The sub-deck part of the coverboard is ready to install at the base of the stanchions. Things have really picked up with all the various work going on around the yard,

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Blog — Friday , 14  June, 2019

Blog — Friday , 14 June, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

Chuck began work today, as did his assistant Nat. Paul and Ben brought them up to speed on the restoration.


The seams between the planks are being cleaned before being painted with a primer.


 The propeller also arrived today. It has folding blades that swivel flat when Cynara is under sail, which minimizes drag. Her previous propeller was “old style,” with fixed blades.



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Despite it being the middle of the rainy season, the weather was fine, and it seemed to lift the spirits of everyone. Nat made a workbench, recycling the material from the jig that Lewis used to drill the propeller shaft hole.


Not all the bulkheads land directly on a beam, so Ben is cutting packers to fill the space between them. A bolt will tie them together.


Masa working on the main deckhouse.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Richard and Michael are setting out the deck planking. We have to establish fair, symmetrical lines along the length of the deck to ensure that both the deck planking and the king planks (the planks running fore and aft at the center of the deck) are symmetrical. This also helps set the king plank widths. We can only make adjustments at this point, not after we start laying the deck planking. Also, because we’re making a composite deck, the cedar planking on the underside of the plywood must mimic the teak planking that goes on top. We use the data to fix the planks under the plywood on the same lines as the teak planks.


The bulkhead on the forward end of the engine room is steel, but the aft end has a wooden bulkhead that Paul is installing (above).



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ben is still fitting packing pieces for the forward steel bulkheads . . .


. . . while Nico is bolting the bulkhead in place after the packers are in.



Friday, June 14, 2019


The old sail locker hatch. At first we thought we could salvage it, but the steel fasteners created issues that would have taken too much time to remedy.



The mock-up for the tank was finished and put into place to check the fit.


This steel frame will be bolted over the ballast to keep it in place. The tanks fit on top.



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Blog — Friday , 7  June, 2019

Blog — Friday , 7 June, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ben is leading the last-minute preparations for the interior lead ballast loading that will take place tomorrow. The area was painted, and Ben shaved the lead bit by bit in order to make the shape of the lead fit perfectly.


There’s a story behind this faded section of interior paneling. This is the spot of a medallion that was attached during Cynara’s years in Japan was attached. When we removed it, the surface underneath showed the original finish. We suspected that the original interior paneling was shellac that had yacht varnish applied on top some time ago. We wanted to recreate the original finish, so we send some samples for analysis to Letterfrack, a conservation company in Ireland that handles estates, and museum-quality restorations. They informed us that we were right—the original finish was shellac and a modern varnish had been applied on top. This guided us in the restoration of the panels to their original condition.



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

It was a very big day, starting first thing in the morning.


At 8 AM, the ceiling sheet was removed, and the new ceiling material was first lifted up to the roof by a crane.


From around 11am, the generator was lifted up and installed on the ship.


Work on installing the interior lead ballast started after lunch . . .


. . . with the crane lifting the heavy lead pieces . . .


. . . and Richard Burke directing lowering them into the proper place.


With Ben in place insuring that everything went smoothly, all seven pieces were put in place this afternoon.


Meanwhile, work onboard continued with more carlings being fitted (above), and work on the ship’s interior being done in the tent next door (below).


The installation of the new ceiling sheet will be completed tomorrow, and the masts should arrive on Thursday. The week will continue to be busy, with Chuck scheduled to arrive on Saturday.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Some beams had yet to be installed so there would be room to lower the ballast and generator. Today, with the crane work completed, those beams were finally installed, along with more carlings.



Thursday, June 6, 2019


The masts arrived safely, all nine of them in one 21-meter box. The driver of the truck said people all along the road were staring as he went by.


All the contents were taken out and checked by Paul, who confirmed that there was no damage.


The masts were moved to their own purpose-built tent, where Chuck will start working next week.


Richard Sills is building plywood mock-ups that will be used to make the complicated shapes of the tanks.


The skylight over the passageway is being restored in the workshop.



Friday, June 7, 2019


A new Japanese member joined the team today. Tatsumi has been making Buddhist altars at a furniture company, and it’s the first time he’ll be working on restorations.


Richard puzzles over a pattern to position the windlass on the foredeck.


Sections of a steel web frame is being lifted on deck. We frames are used at the mast and midship to add strength to the hull.

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