PACIFIC GETS A TICKLE UP

PACIFIC GETS A TICKLE UP

Happy New – todays the first story for 2023 and Pacific is a very fitting woody to welcome in the new year with – during the winter of 2022 Pacific sent time on the hard having some delayed maintenance issues addressed and some creative comforts added. I’ll let owner Nathan Herbert tell the story:

“Bit of an update is due after Pacific’s most recent haul. In past attempts, the prop shaft wasn’t able to be drawn out more than 150mm so I had always been nervous about the situation up there. This time with the help of Seagar Marine and The Slipway Milford, we by brute force and a makeshift large slide hammer removed the shaft. It was found to be pitted, and then very badly pitted in one section where she ran in a highly noble bronze bush about tube centre. Three bearings were subsequently rammed out; one lignum vitae, one fibrous and one bronze. The Tube was found to be thin walled gunmetal and had almost completely de-zinced to mush. The mystery bitumen bath on the keelson was found to be a crude repair some decades old, hiding bad corrosion. A boring bar was made from the old 3.6m tail shaft extended to 5m and with unholy effort the remnants were removed and the hole gradually bored out to accept a fibreglass stern tube. This tube was epoxied in, with two Vesconite and one rubber  cutless bearing installed, topped off by a Chatfields  blue water dripless seal. 

Interior works included re-configuration of the saloon to cater for modern(or at least 1970s) needs and finished in kauri and honduras mahogany. A lightweight cradle was made for the RIB when in commission, and a Francis  searchlight fitted to the bridge deck.

There are always extras attended to along the way such as minor/insidious leaks but they fade in the memory compared with the newfound smoothness of a new, dry drivel ine”

2021 saw major updates to the zoom zoom – link here https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/01/27/pacific-the-105-year-old-woody-get-a-new-heart/ https://waitematawoodys.com/2021/02/03/pacific-sea-trial/

4 thoughts on “PACIFIC GETS A TICKLE UP

  1. Nath thank you yes the deadwood extension was sitting on the dock when we went for our wounder around couldn’t find anyone who new where you had disappeared to an had to be at another destination in a hour thank you

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  2. Hi Michael. Do you mean at the aft end? There is no bronze housing now; and a tapered kauri extension has been added to the deadwood to achieve the 200mm protrusion as prior. The cutlass is inserted into the aft end of the new tube as standard practice. You ‘could’ machine a new housing to perfect alignment and socket that to the tube but would be difficult as the OD is not true, only the ID.

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  3. The bronze casting that holds the cutlass bearing (sorry don’t know what it’s called)how is that sealed to the fiberglass tube
    Looked at this boat at the boot sale a few weeks back very nice

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