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Days 41 42 43
Jonathan Greenwood
08/03/2012, France

While I have been away, the guys at the yard have almost finished the new horn timber and they expect to fit it by weeks end. The production of frames is advancing well and several have been fitted to the boat.
For my part, I am making good headway with the costing and am awaiting several quotes for equipment.
Sandra has made good progress with Rowdy and the boat is really starting to look great after the mistreatment of last season. She will be coming to Tunisia with me on Sunday for her introduction to the work in hand.

Jono

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09/03/2012 | HH
Rowdy - mistreated: In what form?

Great blog, keep up the good work (both with respect to the blog and the boat!)
09/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Be assured Rowdy was only mistreated on the race course by winch handles and bronze sail hanks which all play havoc with the varnish!
09/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Oh I forgot, we were damaged in a freak storm in barcelona last July and I had to re do the repairs this winter. They are now finished and she looks great.
Day 40
Jonathan Greenwood
02/03/2012, Tunisia

I'm flying back to France tomorrow for a short break and to catch up with Rowdy and her winter maintenance program. I have one or two bits and pieces to buy, but I especially want to eat alot of pork! I didn't realise that a human being raised in Ireland could actually suffer from withdrawal symptoms of the porcine type but I have proved it is possible and am looking forward to tucking into a large plate of bangers and mash!
Weeks end sees the air thick with sawdust and the floor carpeted with a deep and luxuriant layer of oak shavings as the boys continue churning out new pieces of boat. Even Salvatore rolled up his sleeves and grinned as he carressed the wood with the plane, shaping the two pieces of noble wood to become united in the perfect scarf. Impressive.
Right then, I'm off to pack my bags. More next week.

Jono

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03/03/2012 | Mike Charlton
Jono, We're enjoying following the project but probably not with the obsessive passion you guys obviously have for the job. Enjoy your break in South of France and especially the pork. mike
09/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Thanks Mike. Glad you are enjoying the blog.
Day 39
Jonathan Greenwood
02/03/2012, Tunisia

The oak arrived this morning and was soon being converted into new parts of the boat. The new horn timber is under construction and we hope to fit it next week. Two pairs of frames are also ready to be fitted. Work is continuing on the fabrication of the parts for the transom rebuild and we have now tweaked the aft end. It is now level and true and ready to be consolidated by new floors.
I am applying a fair amount of thought to the keel removal in about four months time, and which is shaping up to be a delicate operation as not all the keel bolts are vertical. They will have to be removed or cut before the lift. In view of the condition of all the fasteners removed so far, I believe that not to take the keel off would be a gross error.

Jono

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Day 38
Jonathan Greenwood
29/02/2012, Tunisia

The first frames were set up today and are drying overnight. The white oak, about 3.5 cubic metres of it, is arriving tomorrow and things should take off at a fairly rapid pace as all is prepared for the production of frames, deck beams and floors. We have worked out that about 32 pairs of frames will have to be replaced out of the 42 pairs total and this represents 76%. I was hoping to save more, but on closer inspection, most are too far gone to be worth taking the risk. 99% of the deck beams will be replaced except the one with official number carved into it. This one will be restored somehow and be refitted to its' rightful place. Also most of the floors will have to be renewed.
I have been dividing my time between the office and the workshop floor and have made good head way with the steering system and rudder hangings. I now know exactly what has to be machined to return it to top condition. I have also done a study of the electrical requirements and am quite interested in the idea of Lithium Ion batteries for both the weight savings and their longevity. On the downside, they are expensive so I may have to steal the money from somewhere else in the budget to offset the additional cost.

Jono

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09/03/2012 | HH
If you can't save the deckbeam with the official number (213973 I believe?), you can still do what was done on one of Chinook's little sisters, a NY30: Save only the shallow bit with the number and scarf it into a new deckbeam. It's good to keep the old number!
09/03/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Thanks, HH, for the note. Rowdy's number was retained in that fashion and I had planned to do the same in the event that the beam cannot be saved.
Day 36
Jonathan Greenwood
27/02/2012, Tunisia

The goal for today was to remove the horn timber (central timber from transom to keel) which is in one place broken, and in various others, rotten. With the after sections well supported, we set to, removing the bolts that pass through each floor, and unscrewing the remaining planking in way of the horn timber. Once liberated, it was duly sectioned just aft of the deadwood and was then coaxed gently, with a 5 ton jack and then my van's scissor jack, towards its' exit "out the back door"! It did put up a fight but Allah was on our side and it succumbed without too much trouble. To follow, we will remove a small section of the deadwood to allow us to scarf in the new piece about a half metre further forward and the scarf will be nicely supported by the deadwood piece once refitted. Sounds like a plan to me!
While keeping a beady eye on the work in progress, I continued with my daily routine of transferring dirt, grime and all manner of dust, from the boats steering system to as much of my clothing as possible. Works quite well really, as my overalls look about a hundred years old and the gear looks brand new!
Throw in a bit of office work, a couple of "Insh'Allahs" and half a dozen cups of coffee and you have a full and satisfying day.

Jono

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Day 35
Jonathan Greenwood
25/02/2012, Tunisia

One has to admire the quality of workmanship from these bygone days where craftsman were allowed the noble materials and the time to imagine and construct items that would endure the ravages of centuries of hard work and the elements. Each time I look at the boat, I can't help regretting this fast and furious age of disposable goods and plastic, the only lasting thing being the plastic which we will leave behind us for future generations to deal with. We, perhaps, can't stop progress and mass production but we can still learn from the past and strive towards a better understanding of where we are going.
I should probably start a tree hugging category!

Seven weeks have past and we are on target though it is still early days. We have taken stock now, of the work, and will not find any more surprises, the elderly lady having been indelicatly stripped of her habillage! I am looking forward to next week where we will begin to repair the first parts of her tired hull and I will, of course continue to keep you updated of progress.

Bon weekend.

Jono

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Day 34
Jonathan Greenwood
23/02/2012, Tunisia

Today is a special day as it is the 83rd birthday of my dad, Michael, and I know he follows the blog every day. Happy birthday Dad. I also know that he would love to be here in the thick of it doing what we Greenwoods do best, that is getting very dirty!
And dirty I got. I finished cleaning up the through hulls and started dismantling the steering pedestal to find out what machining will be required to sort out the play issues. The bevel gearing is still in good condition and the shafts only need a couple of bushings to put them right. I would like to introduce some shaft bearings but am not sure there is room for them. At the moment it is bronze on bronze.
The work on the hull is moving rapidly forward and the frame templates should be finished tomorrow. I estimate that by the end of tomorrow we will have put some 2,500 hrs into the project in 35 days work. I think that is about a tenth of what is required. Quite a feat!

Jono.

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24/02/2012 | Craig McGowan
I often where civilisation would be if WD40 had not been invented. Glad to see you have all the up to date tools and equipment there. Where's the hammer!
Craig
Day 33
Jonathan Greenwood
22/02/2012, Tunisia

Today was an office day for me. I have much work to do putting real life prices on all the estimations that are in the budget, and so far so good. I had a great email from Jim Reineck of JM Reineck and Son in the US, who did all the bronze castings for the Marilee project over 10 years ago, and I think that he is the one to provide all the missing parts. I also spent some time working through a few of the plans, looking for good ways to incorporate the modern equipment we will have on board into the hull without upsetting the period feel that I am aiming for. I have had a couple of good ideas today and a small yip even managed to escape me at one point. I will share that with you when I'm sure it will work!
Meanwhile plenty of noise was emanating from the workshop floor, signs that the ten chippies were hard at it. The timber has been ordered and should be with us soon. We have a small stock of white oak to keep us going until then.

More tomorrow.

Jono

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Days 31 and 32
Jonathan Greenwood
21/02/2012, Tunisia

Week 7 is well under way with some new things happening. I have started cleaning the lovely old Willcox & Crittenden through-hulls to check their condition and most are still in great condition. They will certainly find their place aboard. The cleats polish up beautifully and I think that we will be able to save 90% of the bronze hardware.
On the shop floor preparations are being made to start woodworking in earnest. There is a capacity to quickly build what is needed, be it scaffolding, ladders or benches, that amazes me as nowadays we are so used to just going out and buying what we needed. The templates for the frames are well advanced and I have also been working on the rudder hangings and deadwood fastenings, which are in a very sad state.

Jono

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22/02/2012 | Tim Greenwood
Great news on the van Jono. The metal fittings look like they are in first class condition although I see on that picture you have missed a bit on the lower threads and on the bit just above the base!
22/02/2012 | Jonathan Greenwood
Glad you saw that Tim, I'll sort it tomorrow.
Day 30
Jonathan Greenwood
19/02/2012, Tunisia

Day 30 will be forever imprinted in my memory. It was the day that we managed to extricate the van from the clutches of the customs and the day where I realised how ill prepared I was for the 12 hours spread over three days spent patiently shuttling between offices, standing around for hours wondering what was happening, enduring sideways looks, and digging into my wallet every five minutes. Patience is a virtue they say and I surprised myself by taking it to the extreme, my short fuse having fizzeled out when confronted with the complexity of what I was attempting to achieve!
The van duly arrived at the work shop and I felt a profound sense of relief, knowing that I can really start work now. My van is important as it contains tools, gathered over a ten year period, and which to buy here would have been an unnecessary expense. For those of you who don't know me, I am a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades and will be doing all the plumbing, mechanics etc rather than taking on sub-contractors for each speciality. 35 years of messing about in boats, not to mention a Father who took DIY to the extreme (thanks Dad), has it's benefits!
Roll on week 7!

Jono

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Who: Graham Walker, Jono Greenwood, Sandra Ugolini, Andrew Bates, Manu Fontaine, Phil Crebbin
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