A successful week in the shop!
Gary and Jack tested the engine of the Grand Craft, and it ran great! As it often happens with old boats, success in one area leads us to find another worn out and in need of fixing. Jack noticed the exhaust hose was damaged and needed replacing so he uninstalled the fuel tank, removed and replaced the hoses, and reinstalled the fuel tank. He also installed the battery platform he made and painted last week.
For the Ski Boat, Jack installed the interior, finished dry-fitting the interior and engine box, and installed the ski pole hardware. The upholstery has been completed and Gary took it up to Smith Mountain Lake to have the cover and Bimini top made. Hopefully in a week or so we’ll be able to get her back in the shop for photos.
The Lily Electric is the newest arrival in the shop and was the lucky boat at the top of our two-year wait list for new projects. Jack has already removed the rotten wood from around the through-hull for the prop shaft, removed the old prop thrusters, prepared the surface, filled the old hold, and fiber-glassed over the bilge where the prop goes. Off to a great start!
The Whirlwind is nearly complete, we took it into the engine shop to have it checked out they helped us troubleshoot the engine wiring and starting. Jack and Gary are close but have a few more things to try to get it running.
Nicolas has been busy with the International 12. He stripped and sanded the floorboards, sanded and repaired the seats, varnished the spars, and pre-bent and steam-bent the replacement heads. Here he is preparing the garboard.
Last week, Nicolas sanded the mast of the Celebrity and gave it a few coats of varnish. Here's a cool video I didn't get a chance to share!
For the 18' Sea Skiff, I've been working hard to get the final coats on the interior pieces. The main seat has gotten its final coat and is so shiny you can see yourself in it. The other pieces are nearly there. Here's a close-up of the upholstery with custom brass zippers and vibrant red vinyl.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed all the videos this week. See you next time!
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