The crew has had a great week of being surrounded by wooden boats, while Gary’s been stuck talking about them. As an expert in wooden boats and a professional surveyor, Gary frequently gets asked to speak at surveying conferences around the world. This week, he’s at IMEC in lovely Savannah. Here he is presenting his talk “Inspecting Wooden Boats.” His work on wooden boats informs his inspections, just as his inspections inform his work on wooden boats. When you bring your boat to our shop, not only will we make it pretty, but we’ll make sure everything is up to code and safe for you and your family. For an example, see the Lily Electric below.
The Lily has completed round one of refinishing, including painting the exterior and getting the motor running and up to date. The wiring has been reinstalled and the previously non-working spotlight has been fixed. Jack fit and installed the prop shaft and made a stabilizer for it, he painted the bilge near the motor, and he replaced any broken old screws and the old piano hinge from the battery cover seat. He tested the motor and replaced old wire connectors on the horn and the lights on the deck. Jack then installed all the deck hardware and dry fit the battery switch. Finally, he repaired and installed the charger and prepped the interior for repainting. He’s currently working on battery boxes to hold the batteries so they don’t slip while the boat is in use and to elevate them so they don’t sit on the bilge, which is against code. He will also install some vents in the battery compartment to meet code, as well. I also scraped the old epoxy off the fold-out table, disassembled it, and got a nice coat of varnish on it.
Nicolas has continued work on the Continental and has finished laying out the deck. At this point, it’s ready for him to make divots for the decorative caulk lines.
Nicolas has been working on epoxy repairs on the keel of the International 12, which is currently in two pieces and ready for re-assembly.
On the Celebrity, Nicolas has begun installing the trim using life caulk to get a good seal. He's started the arduous process of installing the tiny bungs into all the little holes. I've continued varnishing the mast and spars.
Next week, I'll be far away celebrating my ten year anniversary, so expect a break in the blog. I'll make it up to everyone next time though. Thanks for reading!
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