Steam Yacht Thordis

deadwood 1

Puts a new meaning on the word 'deadwood'. Under the garboard plank it has completely rotted away and needs to be replaced. We discovered, on cleaning back the keel, it is made of elm but will be replaced with oak. We have the elm of this size to replace it with but because of Dutch Elm Disease it is no longer suitable for use under water and rots in very short time, as we discovered to our cost some years ago. We replanked the bottom of Stewarts and Lloyds Tug No 2 with 3" elm boards and within 7 years you could punch holes right through the bottom!
We then had a steel bottom welded on.
Wherever possible we keep to the original methods employed by the builders, a. because it's lasted this length of time and b. I think we owe it to future generations to pass on the hidden details of construction that could so easily be tucked out of sight and mind. This is one reason why I have gone to such lengths to try and find trees of a suitable shape rather than laminating timber with epoxy resin. It adds a lot of time onto the restoration and cutting out the timber but pays back in the satisfaction of knowing you've done the best job you can. Now I just hope I don't screw it up!

Here is the reassembled deadwood and horn timber showing the position of the rudder and keel. The bottom 10" of the horn timber had been removed years ago but we will be replacing it for strength when it is remade. The horn timber stands about 8' off the ground at the stern to give you some idea of size. The keel under the shaft log is 22 1/2" x 5 1/2" and also needs replacing as does the rudder from 2 1/2" iroko.

deadwood 2

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