This is the follow on from the making of the Dabber Mizen step / transom cap. This story can be found Here and details the making of the Mizen Step for his Dabber with measurements taken from his to insure a great fit and also now a stock item for any Dabber owners. The Mizen step can be found Here. This storry looks at the fitting to Rick’s Dabber inbetween Christmas and New Year.
It was a swift delivery from Wales on 28 December to Rick’s Dabber in Exmouth.
It was his battered and split Mizen step that I collected in early November to replicate, this formed the basis of the making of my new steaming jig, templates and forming mould.
It was indeed just a quick delivery trip, I had a drill and a few tools with me, but only the pre drilling of the 4 securing screws onto the Gunwales was necessary.
The Mizen step board just sat on the transom and aligned perfectly with the Mizen mast hole and Gunwale edges as if ‘it Grew there’, a perfect fit as you will see from the attached pics.
Done and dusted within 15 mins and time for a tea and chat with Rick before the drive back to Wales.
A very satisfying feeling knowing that my jig set up can produce these Mizen step boards to this degree of accuracy and allow the Dabber owners to fit these Mizen step boards themselves without any problems or expensive boat yard fees for doing this work.
Again , another first for Just Lugger Joiner&more
Fitting of the Mizen step board. The board’s curvature when presented to the side Gunwhale rails and transom mould fitted perfectly. The Mizen mast aligned so well. The screws securing it to the Gunwale rails were pre drilled first, then using a 4 mm steel screw this opened the hole out so that the soft brass screw did not break.
The view of the capping board sitting on the transom mould edge. Again, all aligns so well and ready for Rick to screw in place before oiling the complete board off the boat. A stern view clearly showing the 3 laminate structure.
What a great fit!!! Last of all, after 15 minutes all done!!!
This is what Rick had to say about his new Mizen Step/Transom Cap:
“Good Morning Phil
Pleased the journey home was not to arduous. Will do a dry fit today to get the transom screws in position then complete over the weekend after a couple of coats of oil. The thanks are mine to give, your brilliant workmanship matched only by your generosity.
Lovely to meet you again will send photos when it’s all done.
Have a great 2024 season.