Joe Farrow has kindly sent in an update of the progress Mat Gravener has made in restoring and repairing the Norfolk Broads half-decker Jamesia II. As usual, click on the photos above for bigger images.
I gather Jamesia will be afloat and sailing in a week or two from now, and Joe has promised to take some photos for us.
Here’s Joe’s explanation of each shot, starting from the top left:
- port side planks epoxy splined – the photo shows them being glued (the impromptu clamps holding them in place are to be removed once glue has set)
- this plank on the starboard side was constructed of a number of different lengths, and Mat decided in the end to go for one full length piece. This shot shows the plank removed ready for the new plank
- et voila! One new plank!
- plank all scarfed together, and fastened in place.
- the hull filled and faired, and given three coats of undercoat.
- next to receive attention is the interior; hirers used to sleeping on board under this cuddy
- Mat re-created the old bench seating using mainly reclaimed mahogany from an old river cruiser
- he has also added a new locker, and the photo gives a general view of how the lino deck has cleaned up beautifully, and how the insides of the planks have been painted to match
- finally, the cuddy roof has had three coats of paint – it’s the traditional deck construction of painted canvas over tongue and groove planking
Many thanks Joe!