On the Continental, Nicolas worked on shaping the covering boards to meet the bullnose. He also continued carving the bullnose into shape. Shane found suitable mahogany and cut laminate skins for the splash rails. He also helped Nicolas cut deck parts from solid plank mahogany.
On the International 12, Nicolas dry fit the garboards and first boards so that they’re ready for permanent installation.
Shane sanded and painted the final coat of paint for the Pelican. He also sanded, prepped, and applied the final coat of varnish on the starboard side hull.
On the new ’55 Continental, Shane removed the windshield, deck parts, scoops, bilge board screws, thermal gauge, and all the ceiling boards. Jack wanted me to share what goes into preparing a boat for bottom work: He disconnected the engine electronics, fuel sensors, oil fittings, prop shaft, chock, throttle, transmission linkage, and exhaust. This allowed him to access and remove the engine. He then removed the steering linkage, steering wheel and column, the steering gear box system, the dash instruments, the entire wire harness, the dash panel, the fuel tank, the bed log, the strut, the rudder, the remaining deck hardware, the floor boards, the seats, the upholstery, and everything in the hull fitting. He collected everything and put it away on shelves. Then he was able to run a compression check and remove engine components in preparation for engine dyno test. Gary removed the cutlass bearing from the strut. He plans to replace the strut, but reuse the bearing, which is in really good shape.
For the Lyman and the Celebrity, Shane sanded, prepped, and applied a coat of varnish to the seats.
Shane sanded and varnished the deck and transom of the Budsin.
For the Piglet, Shane prepped, tapes, and varnished the ceiling, the combings, the cub rails, and the thwarts.
For the engine without a boat, Gary got in the new water pump and is working on getting it installed.
We are taking off the next two weeks and plan to re-open January 6th. We hope you have a great Holiday and enjoy time with family and friends! Here's a photo from our Holiday Party we had with everyone in the building. It was great to meet the faces we pass by every day.
That's me in the corner.
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