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Topic: Restoration of Hanuka
Gary Dibley
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Re: Restoration of Hanuka
on: September 16, 2010, 08:38

Hooray !!!! With a little help from my son i finally got a picture to load !

We lifted her out at cammeray , i said to my mate on the crane she should be about 4 tonne before the lift, as he was lifting her out i said hey Rob that's your phone ringing do you want to get it, he replied no it's not the phone it's the crane, what the crane,s phone , no he said it's out of radius the boat weigh's 7 tonne.

To late to stop now he just lifted slowly and dragged her into the shallows and into radius.

Hanuka now sitting at Brookvale on the hard, i started on the strip out but after a number of days weeks and months passed i gave in to some professional help.

Along came Greg the boat builder who walked around her one afternoon using only two words one un printable the other he repeated over and over " BIG JOB ", looking back at me trying i suppose to work out my sanity.

May 08

Love those nice square chinnes , perhaps she could be a Viking not a Carvel, BIG JOB to fix that said Greg, ribbs are all stuffed , matter of fact they are rotted away completely in some spots.!!

Need some acrows under ner to try and get some shape back said Greg , "she's all dropped down " not suppose to look like that said Greg.

All the copper sheathing was electrolised to tissue paper and had to come of , along with a million coates of anti foul all taken back to bare wood to rerveal all the plug holes.

Much more room to work now , all the interior and bulkheads removed . Many of the ribbs were broken , and some of the stringers were rotted away .

Photo's showing rotted carling beams , square lines on ribes , rotted cabin sides etc.

Now with the original Chrysler Crown Ex Navy motor removed we could now get some work done.

Ratchet straps were used to hold the planks in place as well as externall props and wedges were used to push the boat back into shape, transom cappings were removed then the plugs were drilled out with a short tipped speed bore of the plug size , the srews were undone if possible or drilled out as they were brass and many were just a pile of corrosion or a shaddow of there former self or brittle like carrotts broken rib was removed one by one doing every alternate rib .

The screw holes were epoxy filled then sanded flush , new steam bent green spotted gum ribbs were installed , the screw holes re drilled the and counter bored , the new screw installed with a dab of sika , each rib was completed before going onto the next.

The ribs were replaced doing every second one then crossing to the other side of the boat before coming back and doing the intermediate ones.

There was around 4500 screws replaced in this manner using the original holes .

Just a couple of stern shots showing some of the new clear oregon planking going in , these pictures were taken without the stern caping on they were all rotted and consisted of mainly screws and bog trying to hold things together.

With the caping removed we could now access the plank ends and screws behind the caping.

The shipwright in the photos is the late Greg Ainsworth he sadly passed away in 2010 , he was a legend at bringing Hanuka back into shape his skills were exceptional .

Internal shot of stern on starboard side showing some of the new ribs in place as well as the internal stern capping , the stringer had to be strutted in place during the process.

Transom now splined in oregon down to water line ,cappings re made and fitted all screws replaced sealed and plugged and planks then coated in everdure and grey primer , this was also taken along both sides of the boat for the first meter or so towards the bow. We repeated the process doing a section at a time on alternate sides in order to minise drying and to allow the boat to be bought into shape.

Starboard side showing some of the patches she had over the years and those wide seams before being brought back in . More new planking to go in here also

There was even a "gravo" ( shallow depth cut in patch ) to contend with .

Moving foward now still on starboard side with the rib , fasten ,plug,spline,evadure,prime routine.

Getting closer to the bow now with the refasten , plugging exercise. Only a 1000 or so more to go !

Down into new garboard planks at the bow , now there a tricky one they are tapered , bevelled and twisted to fitt , it is amazing what you can get wood to do !

Time to put some more help on the project , Bram Meakins from Traditional Shipwright Services was recomended to the task , a great tradsman and a decent bloke , here he can be seen on the splinning task setting up his router guide batten.

In this shot we are now starting on the deck which were in similar shape to the rest of the storey so far the , the gunnell beam was gone as was the deck beams.

These were all replaced with the gunnell beam being laminated of the old one as a template to hold the boats shape.

Also here the pictures of the last couple of hull planks that had to be replaced as they were rotted from the leaking decks being laminated in position to gain the original shape.

So with all the deck beam components now reworked or replaced and all the gunnell blocks and other items all rescrewed and primed it is now time to sheet the decks.

The decks were sheeted in 2 layers of 13mm marine ply each seperalely screwed and glued in place with epoxy.

In september 2009 Hanuka had come to the end of her time at Brookvale on the hard, she was perpared and braced for her move to a indoor factory at Dee Why West, this along with the help of Troy , another very good detail tradesman greatley expediated Hanuka's completion.

Now all set up at the new factory , a bitt of a hassell we lowered the boat onto a craddle this time and had to remove the rolle door on the factory to get her in with about a 100mm to spare , more on this later.

Here troy can be seen at work perparing areas after the cabin sides were removed.

A few cabin roof repairs need here also , they were constructed originally with masonite over the frames then t&g boards then masonite the canvas , which my boat someone had covered with dynell and resin .

Just a update picture now october 2009 and only 12mths to go , i thought at the time not long now . The hull now has all the doggy planks replaced , splinned above water line , totally refastened (every last screw replaced) , primed below water line and everdured above . No recaulking done yet.

New cabin sides now in place milled to 25mm finished size and bent into position prior to being fastened.

Cabin sides on Portside now being fastened off.

Back deck now replaced , we went with 2 stern deck hatches as the new motor is to be a deisel and the old petrol tank was replaced to be smaller in length but deeper , 170litres we were able to fitt in , enough to go from cottage point to darling harbour and return with some spare.

The two hatches are one for ropes, a hand shower (hot & cold of course)and fenders, the other for 2 gas bottles in a compliant locker.

Late october 09 now with the help of Dick , a great bloke and truely a expert with the preperation and detail finish of the cabin sides, a man of many tallents.

Cabin sides now prepared and stained , deck with the epoxy filler cove installed and dynelled , ready for the cabin side sealer coat to protect it.

Dynelling the decks.

Now time to start to fair the hull , it is unreal how much time and sanding effort , re filling than sanding agin and again goes into this task .

Hull inside now painted it was time to start to install new bulkheads throughout as the old ones were all rotted in the lower parts or all down the sides from the decks leaking.

All the seams below waterline were evadured then caulked with cotton then sika sealed.

Picture showing water tanks instaled and cabin sole beind rebuilt.

New gunnells being fitted out of spotted gum hardwood screwed ,glued and sealed in place , the foward sections of the gunnell around the bow were laminated to get the curve.

Bram at work fitting the new Yanmar 110Hp turbo diesel with gearbox coupling with a 4 deg downward angle , it worked out well .

The motor needed new engine beds fitted to suit , which had new through hull bolts fitted .

The stern tube was replaced as the original one had some electrolosis holes in it , the stern gland and stuffing box were shot blasted and checked by Porters as was the rudder and stuffing box. Porters made a new propeller shaft to suit the shorter motor and cast a new bronze propeller.

Hull below water now caulked sealed and grey primed, ready for the anti foul coating .

Bulkheads to V berth and Head now fitted .

Bulkheads to galley and Helm area now in place , also the steering column and gear box , these were checked , the column was taken away and shot blasted , the flat bar steering linkages were remade and all were zinc coated . The bronze Halvorsen steering brackets and arms were reused once checked.

Troy had the interior progressing with the V berth starting to come along.

Bram had the externals progressing well , now starting to fitt the teak deck epoxyied over the dyanell here fitting the margin boards.

Teak now laid the next task is to detail and clean all the seams for the sika caulking.

Making up some hatch covers and gluing on the teak for the stern deck.

Vanity unit for the head starting to be assembled insitu , plumbing and electrical rough in now under way , all electrical cable used was tinned to help limit the corrosion you get using standard copper cable . For the hot and cold water we used Yorkflex fittings and tube , a simple to use high pressure system rust free and available at most plumbing outlets.

V Berth doors now hung , all doors and openings were edged in solid timber to limit wearing and to hide end grain of the marine ply veneered doors used were solid doors were not required.

Window frame routered out for bailey channel showing drip grouve relief.

Some of the furniture going in the original ice box had been previously modified to have front opening doors , this ice box was restored and had utectic 12 volt referigation panels added so the fridge can be run from the house battery bank of 210 Ah and be recharged from the solar panels fitted to the roof.

The vanity unit under construction in the head.

Foward cabin faired and bailey channells pre fitted.

Main saloon roof being painted with many hours going into the cleaning down of countless layers of poorley applied paint and lots of sanding and fairing .

Roof beams were routered for cables and all cables were concealed with polished battens fitted over roof beams.

Cabin sides now starting to look more like a classic boat.

Windows now being set in in sika , before fitting windows and bailey channells all window rebates were dynelled .

Hanuka all taped up and ready to go for the final hull coat

Ben on the gun ( my son ) laying on the final coat.

The finished result ! Bram with his son Zac (the human sanding machine) in the picture .

Hanuka starting to get some of the "bling" (chrome) re fitted , it is supprizing just how much the chrome bill adds up to. But it is

worth it.

Zac giving Hanuka the first coat of her new antifoul.

Late september 2010 now , not long to go before launch day.

Bram installing the bailey channels and doing his favourite thing , spreading the black sika around. Not !

The completed Hanuka on the waters of The Cowan

Hanuka is now For Sale @ $95000.00 for a 1/3 Share ( Only 1\3 remaining )

For more information go to :

A classic 30ft Halvorsen timber cruiser built by Lars Halvorsen and Son in 1952, “Hanuka” has been lovingly re-built and completely restored from the ground up to concourse condition – with no expense spared. Would suit new buyer.

Arguably the best 30ft ‘Halvo’ on Sydney waters, Hanuka is powered by a (new) Yanmar 110hp turbo diesel engine with very low hours. Her 3 year restoration (which was completed in October 2010) was undertaken with the view to retain all of her original charm – whilst not ignoring today’s lifestyle expectations.

Kept at Cottage Point under full covers and fastidiously maintained, Hanuka sleeps up to 5 comfortably. She offers the perfect holiday opportunity for couples or families alike.

Inclusions: electric winch, teak decks (over fibreglass), stainless steel anchor, large eutectic fridge, depth sounder, large fresh water storage capacity, gas hot water to head and galley, fully equipped galley with gas oven & 3 burner hotplate, waste holding tank – to name a few.

Inspection by appointment only.

For more information, Ph Gary, on 0418 490651.

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