Georgina was built in 1950. Her timbers are Huon Pine and Kauri of which she is Carvel Planked with Jarrah and Teak decks. She is a true example of a classic timber boat.
While in for some paint work some timber degradation was found in the sponsons, gunwhales and planking. Removal of the sponsons and gunwhales to gain access to planking and deckline was necessary to undertake the repairs.
Due to the tight shape of the hardwood double ended deckline and gunwhales, which were approximately 8” in width and 5” in depth, it was decided to use a traditional steam bending method. This gently allows the timbers to be moulded into shape following the lines of the boat.
This method is used regularly at Careel Bay. Once timber is set into place they were hand shaped to the original profiles of the gunwhales. The boat then slipped and handed over to the paint team to repaint hull and decks by brush in enamel. She is now back to her gleaming self.