“Tjockis” arriving at Woodwind Yachts on our hydraulic trailer.
Her ballast keel had been previously removed and can be seen here laying on the starboard (right) side of the cradle. Several planks were missing and the garboards were splayed and broken.
“Tjockis” was set down in the back corner of our shop as she would be “visiting” us for quite some time. For months we “misted” her, slowly applying moisture and the counter pressure required to remove the twist from her hull.
Once straightened, we then began the systematic dismantling. This view shows numerous planks at her stern have been removed, along with her sternpost and keelson. Poor old girl!
The new keelson is built from white oak and can be seen here on the bench with the rabbets cut for the garboard plank land, and the pockets cut out for the lower ribs to fit into.
The new sternpost and knee are also fitted and properly sealed on the bench, prior to final installation.
New white oak floortimbres were built, sealed and installed into the bilge. The top sections of the new floortimbres were laminated for greater strength. Unlike the originals, the new ones were made to fit properly. The remaining original floortimbres were removed for inspection, sealed, then reinstalled.
“Tjockis” was lifted to have her keelson, sternpost and knee permanently installed. The top of the ballast keel was rust protected, then remounted to the vessel with new keelbolts.
With the backbone assembled, we then began replacing ribs or scarfe repairing the lower ends as shown here. Properly done, this is very strong, aesthetically far nicer then “sistering” broken or deteriorated ribs, and doesn’t require additional fastener holes drilled through the original planking.
The deteriorated planking is then removed, remade, sealed and installed into the vessel.
This view shows 5 new planks installed into the starboard aft end of the vessel. The second broad plank has been scarfe repaired.
From inside the cockpit area, you can see new planks, floortimbres and scarfed lower ribs have now all been permanently installed. She was originally planked in larch, copper rivet fastened through white oak ribs, and we rebuilt her using the same materials and fasteners.
It is discussed and decided that we are now to install a rebuilt “Vire” 7 H.P. gasoline engine into her bilge. The engine is shown here, redone and ready for installation. We have also decided that she is to have entirely new decks, instead of repairing the originals.
The engine is lifted by overhead chainfall into position in the bilge. Two floortimbres are removed and the new keelbolts are shortened and rethreaded to accommodate the engine.
The sculpted engine beds are built and permanently fastened to the floortimbres out of the vessel, then installed as a complete unit. Rubber inserts are built into the engine beds for vibration reducing engine mounts.
The bilge is then scraped, sanded, sealed and painted prior to engine and engine bed installation. The hole drilled into the floortimbre is for the engine shaft.
We have been successfully able to install the engine low in the bilge enabling the cockpit sole to remain deep.
Now we have removed the entire decks and superstructure. This picture shows the new aft deck beams and king plank have been made, sealed and installed.
The new decks are built from mahogany marine plywood, then the undersides are sealed, primed and painted before final installation.
A small bead of caulking is applied to all deck beams and knees prior to final deck installation to prevent “squeeks n’ leaks”!
The new decks are sanded, then 4 coats of epoxy along with 1 layer of cloth are applied to the exterior for durability and longevity.
The hull topsides have been restored, sanded, sealed and are now receiving their first coat of grey primer.
This view shows the beginnings of the new “V” berth. When completed it will be removed and varnished prior to final installation.
The forward hull is then scraped, sanded, sealed and painted prior to “V” berth installation.
This picture shows the beginnings of the new tongue and groove main bulkheads and the port plywood galley bulkhead.
On one of his visits to our shop, Mr. Tebbens is captured here with a broad smile as he admires our progress and workmanship.
The bulkheads have been removed for varnishing and the new superstructure is roughed in, sealed and installed. The new rubrails have also been built, sealed and installed.
The coamings and cabin front are shaped to our liking, and the varnished bulkheads are permanently installed.
Mr. Tebbens is tall, and has requested that the cabintop be raised to allow him full sitting headroom throughout the cabin. Using cardboard templates, we alter the shape concentrating on keeping the lines attractive and unobtrusive.
Once our cabintop shape is decided, we then laminate and install the new oak beams. The new bulkheads can now be cut to the required height.
The aft cockpit coamings have been cut out to accept the new laminated curved cornerposts, shown here on the deck prior to installation.
The aft cornerposts have now been epoxied and fastened into the coamings. This will allow sitting in the aft cockpit with extreme comfort. The new cockpit is now being built.
This picture shows the new bulkheads, small hanging locker, and the beginnings of the starboard galley. The countertop cutout will house the new stainless steel sink.
The new cockpit has been built and removed for varnishing before final installation. The engine is then mounted for the final time.
External reinforcing cheeks are built and installed to accommodate the stern tube and engine shaft. The waterline has now also been painted.
With her new laminated plywood cabin top, portholes cut into the cabin sides and primer applied to the bottom, “TJOCKIS” finally begins to take shape!
The new laminated winch blocks are being cut and sculpted to the coamings.
“Tjockis” is hand-painted on the transom prior to the final coat of varnish.
Deb is beginning to apply the first of two coats of royal blue topside enamel.
All topside and cockpit britework is sanded and given 6 coats of Epifanes varnish.
Here, the first of 4 coats of rubberized (non-slip, non-glare) paint is being applied to the cabintop and decks.
“Tjockis” is now complete except for assembly and hardware installation.
This view of the aft cockpit shows the beautiful curved coamings and the engine controls neatly installed below the starboard decks.
Looking forward into the v-berth with forward shelving and new fitted cushions in place.
The starboard galley has a removable countertop with a stainless steel sink with a fold-away faucet.
Now complete with all her original rechromed hardware, she is loaded onto our hydraulic trailer and taken outside.
This close-up of the foredeck shows the beautiful forward hatch, mast collar and forward cabin.
The bottom has been thoroughly sealed, primed and then painted with bronze antifouling.
This view of the cockpit shows how the aft cabintop curves into the coamings.
This close-up shows the beautiful lovely curves in the winch blocks.
The new main hatch was built to match the bulkheads and cockpit lockers. Her original wooden nameplate was refinished and mounted on the hatch. We managed to save and refinish the 3 original louvered washboards.
“Tjockis” and her mast are secured onto our trailer for delivery to Sarnia, Ontario.