Sunday, December 30, 2018

Manhasset restoration

Saturday April 6:
Finally get the port side board completely off.

side boards to the left, backbone to right. top side with handle. bulkheads still glued in place.

Want to know more about the glue that held the hollow backbone together all these years?  Some technical data on animal glue is here,  from the Ray Ruge collection.

Saturday March 16:  after a few weeks off, we are back in the shop; the starboard side board is completely removed. Today we commence pulling of port side board. More steam, more gentle prying. We get about 1/3 of the board detached.

bow of backbone; port side board is removed  slowly.

markings Buckhout put inside the box. This denotes the point to be
at the center of the plank.

Saturday February 9  no sailing, just steaming....      see current conditions via link on right column...

Julian's Steamer does more than wall paper...
it was essential to help  weaken the hide glue bonds; it's a tedious task. that glue held tight. 

Slowly, the starboard spruce board - 34' in length, is peeled off.

Interior blocking - bulkheads- are spaced every 4 ft or so, or at stress points ( at the plank, the mast step...)
The block is to the left; the one to the right was stuck in to prop up the board.

We work about 3/4 of the side board off. Hal digs inside for something he notices.. 
George Buckhout glued a card inside the backbone. He notes the "glue team".
Added mystery though..... 
It was always thought Manhasset was built in 1912. This notes the backbone being made in 1906
( or is it 1909? - I say '06)
Card was a bit soggy from steam.

I'll be steaming in Australia & New Zealand for the next 2 weeks.....

Saturday February 2: 
Chilly day at the shop: it got up to 32....

Removing the last of the bungs and screws; ready to
pry the box apart.
Beginning to pry off the starboard side. Glue still holds tight after 107 years...

We found hidden fasteners that made the separation challenging.

backbone - aft end. .. starboard side board on top - sitka spruce? - separating from the backbone.

Thats the block of wood - bulkhead - aft end of the backbone. Tiller post ran through this. We
got all the screws, but that old glue held fast...
Top plank to left, starboard plank at top.

Next time, steam the inside of the box as we pull apart the sideboards from top and bottom.

Saturday January 12:

Cold is here; we are watching the ice in several locations. stay tuned;
Meanwhile, restoration work on Manhasset continues:

It is amazing how many screws George Buckhout put into the Manhasset; Taking them out 107 years later is no easy feat...
Here is the cockpit of Manhasset. We are trying to get to the stick that is the backbone. This needs removal.

Underside of cockpit. Skeg will be removed.
This is tongue & groove  pine, screwed to the backbone.

We remove each piece of cockpit bed; this is the bow underside.

With no ice here in the Hudson Valley, and with the government shutdown in DC, which stymied a plan to set up FDR's Hawk at the FDR site in Poughkeepsie ( as we did 2 years ago), we are turning efforts to begin restoration of the ice yacht Manhassett. Find her story here. 

We plan to take apart the hollow backbone.  

Hardware is removed - beautiful bronze cleats Buckhout created in Poughkeepsie.
Bronze mast step is already removed - note the light patch at Doc's elbow.

Removing oak bungs to get at bronze screws underneath. 

Some screws came out easily, others not so much...

Nose of the backbone. 

Thanks to club member Jim Kricker for allowing us to use his well appointed wood shop!
See previous restoration posts from 2 years ago HERE.                  More to follow....

1 comment:

  1. If I were you guys,I'd make the cockpit removable. It will make transport and storage much easier.
    Regards, jeff Morton