Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
After stripping and drying the hull, Pennington’s team cleaned and filled the more than 2000 rivet holes with epoxy, while shipwright Ian Davies cut spline grooves into the planking seams and splined the hull. For budget reasons, the splining was done only from the deck edge to just below the waterline; the remaining area will need sheathing later. The splined areas of the hull were then sheathed in epoxy and two layers of fibreglass and one of finishing tissue, before fairing, undercoating and the first of the two- pack finish coats. Before applying the final finish coats, Pennington heat-cured the sheathed area to prevent later print-through. The final paint finish is simply stunning. Meanwhile, Kohler was working on the interior. He has installed a few items that weren’t on Arch Logan’s original punch list: a hot water cylinder, autopilot, one-piece propeller shaft, dripless shaft seal, fridge/freezer, deck wash, a full electrical system, LED lighting and a solar panel. This is but stage one of Ngaio’s restoration. Stage two, due to start in 2015 when Kohler has accumulated further funds, will be to remove Ngaio’s most obvious unoriginal feature, her doghouse. This will be replaced with a thin GRP sunshade and clears on stainless steel supports, essentially returning the boat to her original profile while retaining some shelter. Kohler also intends Home, sweet home, with photos of Ngaio over the years and her original builder’s plaque on the deckhead. Top: the ports are cleaned and gleaming following restoration. 104 Boating New Zealand March 2014 My boat__Ngaio_March14.indd 104 18/02/2014 8:41:55 a.m.
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