Esper Refit 25 – teak toe rail; rubbing strake

Pong, head carpenter, and Un, project manager of PSS Boatyard, Satun, Thailand

As usual the busiest man on the Esper refit project is Pong, the head carpenter. He’s been assisted by his sons in finishing off the new teak toe rail and the teak rubbing strake down the side of the boat. Sombat, meanwhile, cracks on with the electrics.

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More carpentry wizzardry, from the routed new teak toe-rail to the rubbing strake that needed a repair or two.

Toe Rail

The toe rail was measured and cut to the correct length, and then offered up to the edge of the deck. As you can see here the angle of the sloping end was marked before being taken down again to cut.

Teak toe-rail is offered up and measured for size

Teak toe-rail is offered up and measured for size

As explained previously the rail has been broken up for a more modern look and to aid drainage

As explained previously the rail has been broken up for a more modern look and to aid drainage

Once the position of the toe rail has been agreed, Liz gave the go-head with the final appearance. You can see here how we have routed the edges to give it a smooth finish.

The final shape of the toe rail in profile

The final shape of the toe rail in profile

The routing of the toe-rail, pictured above, will be done in situ. Before that, the rail is glued and bolted into place, and then 3m marine adhesive applied to the edges.

3m marine adhesive

3m marine adhesive

Fridge Door

In previous weeks you saw how the fridge door was fixed together. Pong finally adheres the Wilson Art laminate to the top of it…

Fridge door is lined with Wilson Art 8mm laminate

Fridge door is lined with Wilson Art 8mm laminate

…and finishes it off nicely with the large handle.

Fridge door handle

Fridge door handle

B&G Z8 Touch-screen Plotter

One of the considerations for both the electrician and the carpenters is the position of the B&G Z8 touch-screen plotter. We’ve decided to put the smaller of the two plotters in the cockpit on top of the binnacle. This is a high-traffic area so the unit needs to be protected from knocks whilst being easy to use from behind the wheel. It might not look like much in this picture, but a template has been made of wood and will be shaped to follow the contour of the unit.

B&G Z8 touch-screen box

B&G Z8 touch-screen box

What’s Next?

We’re a little behind with the videos so next week is actually Eid in Satun. With fewer video clips we might just take another tour around some British waterways. Oh, and if there’s a delay, it’s because Jamie is returning to Thailand!





2 Comments on “Esper Refit 25 – teak toe rail; rubbing strake”

  1. Liz Cleere

    It never ceases to amaze me how Jamie can take my random bits of video footage and turn them into something worth watching. Well done, Jamie!

  2. Gavin

    Yo Liz and Jamie – I really enjoy these updates. I’m intrigued by the deck pattern. I can’t quite work out how it’s going to look. I’m looking forward to seeing it finished. How long to go? Love G.

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