I mentioned in the season summary that Daisy G’s bow roller was ripped off in a storm just before I lifted her out. This entry is mainly a reminder to myself on how I fixed it .
First the damage as I found it, and the two main parts ripped off. Fortunately both bits were saved ,although I didn’t notice the bit ripped off the side of the bow was in the boat until I got home.
I was able to tidy up the mating faces of the loose side piece and the boat herself and glue them back together with a good bed of epoxy. This gave a solid base for repairing the stem itself .
The original stem was too damaged to refit securely . I cut off the bottom section and bedded that back in place in epoxy, with a good deal of tapping into place and clamping . This gave a secure ledge at the bottom of the damage for a new stem piece to sit on .
Once the ledge was cured I carefully cut back all the rough, vertical edges to sound wood, and cut a recess for the new stem, removing all the damaged and split wood with a freshly sharpened chisel. This took some time and care, as I needed the opening to be true and square.
I built up a new laminated block for the stem head using four layers of mahogany from an old bedstead a friend had given me last year (I had already built a printing press out of most of it. Waste not, want not…) I cut a step in the back of it to fit the squared recess, but left it oversized everywhere else. Carefully planed it until it just fitted nicely and then shaped the leading edge to fare in with the lower stem .
When I was happy with a dry fit, I shaped the top of the stem on a bandsaw, screwed it in place with two bronze screws and drilled out for all the fittings.
Finally, I bedded the whole head in epoxy and screwed it in place, made good to a bit of missing gunwale with epoxy thickened with sawdust, fared, oiled and painted the woodwork and refitted all of the ironmongery. Good to go now I hope !