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NEW DECK FoR THE "KENTISH MAID" - Part 2

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Web Update ~ Cliff's Boat

While the owner Cliff and I were restoring the “Kentish Maid” decks, several other changes were taking place; Cliff said if things were not done completely then he knows he would not be happy with himself in the end.

The hatches were replaced after realizing that repairing them would be more work than replacing them. New chain plates were made of Silicon Bronze as the old ones were steel and continually bleeding down the hull. The hull colour being originally white was changed to a dark green, which looks very classy on the finished boat. The taff rail around the stern deck has carved squids to tie the top of the rail to the deck on both sides. And along with many other repairs and changes, her name was changed from the “Kentish Maid” to “Aja”.

The new plywood decks have 10 oz fiberglass and epoxy, finished with polyurethane, painted colour is Hetteras off white
The new plywood decks have 10 oz fiberglass and epoxy,
finished with polyurethane, painted colour is Hetteras off white

The carved squids to finish off the ends of the taff rail
The carved squids to finish off the ends of the taff rail

Tony doing the final sanding on the carvings
Tony doing the final sanding on the carvings

The taff rail made of African mahogany is installed
The taff rail made of African mahogany is installed

Cliff and Jody are getting ready for the evening shift, sanding and varnishing all the woodwork on deck
Cliff and Jody are getting ready for the evening shift,
sanding and varnishing all the woodwork on deck

There is new trim that wasn’t there before all around the house. This photo also shows all the varnishing done and all the new bronze hardware before it goes green from ocean spray
There is new trim that wasn’t there before all around the house. This photo also shows all the varnishing done and all the new bronze hardware before it goes green from ocean spray

John working on the spars
John working on the spars

The tail end of Aja leaving the shop for the boat yard
The tail end of Aja leaving the shop for the boat yard

Finishing the final details in the boat yard. Her new colour scheme looks very classy
Finishing the final details in the boat yard. Her new colour scheme looks very classy

Deck prisms were placed in the side decks and work great at lighting up an inside area that is typically very dark
Deck prisms were placed in the side decks and work great
at lighting up an inside area that is typically very dark

Finished new taff and squid
Finished new taff and squid

New forward hatch with prism light
New forward hatch with prism light

New aft hatch
New aft hatch

Willow exited with all the commotion on launch day
Willow exited with all the commotion on launch day

Cliff is happy seeing Aja go in with out any problems
Cliff is happy seeing Aja go in with out any problems

Champaign is a must with the new name and successful launch
Champaign is a must with the new name and successful launch

Getting ready to head out and test the rig
Getting ready to head out and test the rig

Perfect weather for her maiden sail, nice way to end a fun project
Perfect weather for her maiden sail, nice way to end a fun project


By Tony Grove

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