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Restored deck table

The top of this old deck table was too far gone, so I made a new one from pear planks, and coated it with three layers of lineseed oil and four layers of Epifanes boat varnish. I managed to save the original frame, except for some rotten spots which I refitted with new pieces of mahogany.

Restoration deck table

New chapter in restoration project Stella

After drilling out the nailholes, Willy Godderie removed the old putty, and sealed the nails with an anti-corrosion paint. The next step will be filling the holes with an interlux seaming compound.
More to come.

Willy working on the Stella Willy working on the Stella Willy working on the Stella

New rudder for an old(er) boat

1. Optimization of the rudder of one of our displacement hulls: TIG welded stainless steel
2. the wing shape of the rudder is clearly visible
3. old vs new: manoeuvrability should increase with 30%

new rudder new rudder - wing shape new rudder vs old rudder

Fitting a new garboard in rowboat

Step 1 - removing the split garboard
Step 2 - sawing and hollowing out the new plank
Step 3 - fitting and final fixing of the new garboard

new garboard step 1 new garboard step 2 new garboard step 3

Aussie Boat Builders

Here a selection from our pictures of boatbuilders we visited in Australia. I would like to thank all these people for their time and dedication to show this crazy belgian around. We had a great time and we hope to be able to return the favor soon.

Pompei's Boatyard Blunt Boatbuilder "Limpy" Boatbuilder


After months of sweaty evenings and horrible cursing, our CNC beauty Ella finally reveals her magnificent lines and soft skin :) Yes yes yes, she is ready for carbon/infusion.
More news on this high-tech topic when we return from Australia.
Go to the Ella gallery for more pictures.

Ella strip planked and glued Ella's strips being faired Ella outer and inner skin almost finished

Perkins overhauling

1. Crank case being removed and ready for reinstalling with new joints
2. Distribution lid removed and ready for checkup
3. Injection fuses removed and ready for testing

Perkins overhauling Perkins overhauling Perkins overhauling

The Nina on the Leie

Cruising on a hot summer day

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