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MSO Marine - bare metal respray, welding and cutting new windows.

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MSO Marine construction is located in Brentford, just at the mouth of the Grand Union Canal. They have two dry docks, and a half dozen or so other spots for boats. They build boats from scratch and do all the usual dry dock stuff.

Their reputation is for being relatively more expensive than other places but doing a bloody good job. I didn't find them expensive, although the work took a little longer than I was expecting, but they were certainly very thorough and seem to have done an excellent job and I wholeheartedly recommend them.

Frankie Boy

Nice White Boat

Some of the other boats at MSO were absolutely gorgeous. In particular Frankie Boy and another, as yet nameless, wooden boat really captured my imagination. The pics at left show you some of the other boats around the place, including a decaying white one out the back that they had dismantled plank by plank by the time the Maggie Jean departed. I thought that was rather sad, but that's wooden boats for you.

There were other residential boats there too - really nice ones too. One, the Lobelia, was absolutely huge. It was being restored to house a family of four, probably in more space and luxury than many families in London. Why, you have to ask yourself would one want to live on dry land. Mind you, the flip side of that is whether or not a huge, completely immobile hulk like the Lobelia really qualifies as living on a boat.

The Maggie Jean
Exterior: Jake and his guys used high pressure water to blast the entire shell back to bare metal. To save cash I agreed to use and angle grinder to strip the hard to reach bits around the rails and the deck. This was a long, tedious task, but worth doing. No point paying for a bare-metal respray and getting less, really. Once that was done, Jake welded any cracks or dents in the hull that needed repairing, and began the paint job.

The whole shell was given a couple of coats of Jotamastic 87 primer, and the hull painted with black gloss. Apparently traditional hull-blacking is going to be illegal shortly, so Jake recommended this method. I was to apply the paint to the cabin once back at Nine Elms Pier, again to save in boatyard costs.

Windows: The original windows were rotting rust holes, as shown on the History page, so they had to be replaced. The reduce the cutting costs and to make the whole boat look less haphazard Jake and I decided to make them all the same size (except for the front two where this was impossible) and he cut the appropriate apertures so I could order and fit new windows back at NEP.

Interior: I hadn't planned to totally gut the interior of the boat, but it ended up happening anyway. Partly this was because of the rotting floor I discovered under the bath when removing it, and partly because the lining had to be stripped to prevent it catching fire when the apertures were cut for the new windows. Once all this had been done, there was no point trying to preserve anything like the frame for the bed, so it all came out.

So the Maggie Jean left MSO completely stripped on the inside, with new window apertures cut and having being completely stripped back to bare metal, all necessary welding done, resprayed and new anodes fitted. Now for the hard part...!