This week, the Grand Craft will be leaving the shop for the sea and the Ski Boat is well on its way.
Here's the Grand Craft getting its final bath. Doesn't it look great in the sun?
The Ski Boat is next out with a fully installed interior looking very classic. She also enjoyed a successful sea trial this week! Jack has also been working on various touch-ups here and there.
The 18' Sea Skiff has had a busy week with all ceiling boards dry-fit and ready for permanent installation. We also cut plugs for the previous toilet holes (why was there a toilet on this boat you may wonder) and fit them into position and installed with epoxy. I also installed the strut and prepared the boat to receive the engine, which went in today. I also spent a few minutes shining up the visible portion of the exhaust pipe. We are getting close on this one!
The Lily got its first coat of new blue paint, I really love the color change on this one!
The Celebrity was the star of the Nicolas show this week with all new trim milled, cut, shaped, and dry-fit ready for the varnish process. Look at those beautiful soft edges and joints!
Small steps have been taken on each of the other boats this week. Since we have such a small crew, we often will spend several days on a single project before we're able to move on to another project so we are able to bring things to completion. This, of course, means you'll often see a lot happen with one boat and just a few things or nothing on other boats. Then the next week we'll finish up that project and shift gears to focus on another. For example, now that Nicolas has finished creating the trim for the Celebrity, I can take those pieces and get busy in the varnishing room to allow him to do something complicated on another boat. When I'm finished, I'll get the pieces back to him to install.
So, Nicolas' other endeavors this week include working on the garboards for the Int-12, shaping and dry-fitting now that they are steam-bent. He also selected mahogany for the Continental to mill, shape, and use for the deck planking. He also sanded and prepped one side of the boat. For the Lyman, he has spent some time sanding planks. Jack has also continued work on the engine of the Whirlwind.
Thanks for reading! I hope everyone in town is attending the NC Folk Festival. I will be there with my family enjoying watching my preschooler dance in the crowd.
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