I'm not really sure where to post this. I am finally making some real progress getting Bebop-A-Lulu finished. I am now in the process of trying to remember where, and how everything goes back on. (Thank goodness I took photographs of everything before I stripped her). Can anyone advise me on what the best way is to cut the leather for these?
I have started what I think is the most difficult part of the restoration project. The repainting. I was going to hand paint her, but decided that my brush skills where useless, so I tried my hand at spray painting, and I think my spray skills are far better than my brush skills. This is her with 2 coats of under coat.
Hi all, l just thought l would give a quick update on Bebop-a-Lulu (ex Liberta) all of the old paint has been removed, top and bottom, all the wooden bits have been removed, stripped and coated with Deks Olje. Only the gunwales are not being oiled, having had time to strip and study them, they are just not good enough to be oiled or varnished, so reluctantly they are going to be painted too. The fun part is fast approaching - repainting, and installing the electrics. Watch this space!
I have just removed these prior to stripping and refurbishing, are they supposed to be screwed and glued, just screwed, or bolted on, they were both very loose, the holes for the screws also go straight through the boom, is this correct?
I have noticed that some WB's mine included have vents in the coach roof, was this a later upgrade, or did some owner just cut holes in them? I have taken the old ones on mine out, and have stripped the wooden spacers/supports off as well, as they were badly cracked, and damaged beyond repair. The problem I now have, is trying to find a suitable replacement that will take the shape of the coach roof. I love the Vetus Mushroom Vents, but some how I don't think they will work. http://www.gaelforcemarine.co.uk/38031/Vetus-Mushroom-Ventilators.html?referrer=FROOGLE&gclid=CKiWsIGb5r4CFSGWtAodBkQAGA. Clint.
Hi all. I need to replace the trailer hand brake, but have no idea what I am looking at, I have had a look on the net, and have seen dozens of different styles and types of hand brake. Can someone please tell me the correct one for my trailer. The hand brake does not engage at all, it gets tight but does not hold on the ratchet. (Is it the Bradley 3331 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRADLEY-KIT-3331-REPLACEMENT-HANDBRAKE-/121183770190) I am eventually going to have to have all the brakes services anyway, as I think only one of the left hand side is actually working, but that's for another day.
I have just removed the mast tabernacle, was going to start stripping it for new varnish etc, bit on seeing the condition of it, it look like it needs to be rebuilt from scratch. What are the thoughts on this? What would the best wood be to replace it?
I have just started removing the bulwarks (starboard side off) and want to repaint them, but can't quite figure out what kind of wood they are made of, it looks like teak. ( They could be mahogany, but they both look the same to me.) What is the best way to seal teak, being that is naturally oily, I have heard that aluminium primer should be used as water-based will let the oils will bleed through. I would like to replace them completely with new marine ply, but I can't seem to find anything that is nearly 10 foot long. Are there any photo's/diagrams of the fuel pipe spacer mod for the porthole spacing, I really don't fancy putting a tube of sikaflex on each porthole.
Hello, I am a complete novice when it comes to these beautiful little boats, most of my boating experience has been on powerboats, and I now have the chance to buy a Winkle Brig. I should be collecting her within the next few days. So I am going to be asking loads of questions, and hope I don't become to much of a nuisance, she is in reasonable condition at the moment, but does need a fair amount of TLC, before she is ready to get her bottom wet again. I have one immediate question, are there any objections to renaming her, as I promised my God Daughter I would name her after her.