Our last hot week of the year (we hope)!
This week, the 18’ Sea Skiff has seen a lot of progress. The ceiling boards have all been fully installed, the bilge plug blocks have been sanded and glued into place, the window frames have undergone repairs, the pipes have been burnished or polished as needed. We also removed and replaced the cutlass using a 12 ton hydraulic press, which is always a bit frightening. The window glass has been measured for replacement and we’ve begun work on the steering wheel restoration. Jack has also been working on custom trim for the ceiling boards, which have been cut and stained.
The Ski Boat is nearly ready for pick-up, with an installed engine box, stem trim, and every screw checked and adjusted as needed.
For the Continental, we’ve been working on stripping and sanding the ceiling boards in preparation for stain and the varnish process. We’ve also selected fresh wood for the deck planking and planed it for visibility to allow us to mill it properly. Here’s a before/after of the ceiling boards.
Nicolas has also been working on making a mast from scratch. So far, he has planed the wood to create scarfs and glued them into place to cure.
On the International-12, Nicholas glued the old, original in-tact stem piece to the new, custom stem piece based off the original design. He also began a preventative epoxy treatment on the underside of the ribs.
For the Celebrity, Gary has begun sanding and varnishing the new trim that Nicholas made last week.
I hope everyone's able to join us tomorrow at Smith Mountain Lake for the 29th Annual Boat Show and Festival! We'll be there with most of our crew checking out the boats and camping out. See our Homepage for details!
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