Replacing topside planks

We have been quite busy these past weeks getting Vega ready to restart her deliveries this year. As you can see we are still sorting out problems the bloody boatyard that dropped Vega – twice – in Thailand refused to address. The problem is that when we are deep in a job there is no one to take pictures for us. That said sometimes we get lucky.

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Here our friend Xjilien Tan, an amazing woman who climbs Himalayian mountains in her spare time, helps me to position a 6-meter replacement plank for the stern. That’s a piece of the old cap rail in the foreground.

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On a different topic, Here is the new port side cap and pin rail I finished just before starting the stern planks. That’s 3″ X 8″ hard teak. We also replaced the damaged starboard cap rail piece. That’s the old one laying on the pier in the background.

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The old man himself driving the trusty Makita hand plainer to take off the sawmill fuzz. In the background, you can see Meggi plugging the old spike holes and cleaning up seams. We do almost all the work ourselves.

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When he heard all the noise our friend Paul could not resist a turn driving the saw. Here he’s cutting the curve into a new stanchion head from some of that brick-hard 5″ X 5″ stock.