Our first cool week in the shop seemed to speed things along for us! Grateful we'll have heat this year so we can continue varnishing through the winter, but right now the cool breeze is so nice.
Nicolas was out this week, so Shane took over some work on the Continental by stripping and sanding the ceiling boards and filling the cracks with epoxy in preparation for fresh varnish. He also cleaned, prepped, and painted the bilge, interior side planks, and keel as needed.
For the 26’ Sea Skiff, Shane cut and shaped the bow light housing to fit the deck and cut and shaped new toe rails. He then planed the toe rail feel to the proper angle as well as the bow light housing block.
Shane sanded the first coat of epoxy on the deck of the Pelican, re-taped the edges with painter’s tape, and applied the second coat of epoxy. Now it will need some time to cure.
Gary and Shane pulled out the "Piglet" from storage at the rear of the shop and spent some time dusting it off to bring it back into rotation. We’ve had a few boats in storage that we’ve been waiting to work on, but we’ve been so overloaded with work we just haven’t been able to. Now that we’ve gotten a few out, we can get started on those and then make our way through the waiting list. We sure are grateful for the steady business, and wish we could get everyone in all at once!
Jack spent the week wiring the 18’Sea Skiff and getting things secured beautifully. He ran the remaining new wiring from the engine to the dash panel and wrapped them in wire loom and secured them to the frames. He drilled a hole through the bulk head to accommodate the instrument cluster and its wires. He made custom brackets for mounting the dash panel to the bulk head and a custom polished aluminum strap to secure the dash panel to the steering column with a leather shroud. The dash panel is intended to float, so Jack took extra care with the wiring and looming. He installed all the gauges along with fuse panels and a negative bus. He also put a fitting on the oil pressure pipe and made a hold through the bulkhead to receive it. To properly secure the rear seat to safely hold passengers, he made a pair of custom seat brackets and varnished them.
I spent some time sanding and prepping the spars and toe rails of the Celebrity for the final coat. However, due to the massive amount of sanding in the shop this week, we are waiting for the dust to settle before applying the next coat. I’ve also continued sanding and prepping interior pieces and the steering wheel for the 18’ Sea Skiff. Gary has completed shaping the mast for the Windjammer, so he and I have been sanding it smooth to remove the horizontal marks from rough sanding. Gary also used the belt sander on the Lyman to keep up some progress in Nicolas’s absence. We’re all looking forward to his return!
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