With launch day right around the corner everyone can feel the pressure to finish the final stages of the refit. This week, working with Jens Lange, the wooden blocks are back on board. With new harken high-speed high-load sheaves, fresh varnish, and new leather, the wooden blocks have never looked so good adding to the original classic look. With a full set and back up set back on board, that’s another piece of Dorade fulfilling Matt Brooks’ extraordinary vision.
With the deck varnish, including cap rail, king’s plank, cabin house, and combings, completely stripped and revarnished, we are looking at final coats of Awlwood going on this weekend. And it looks like the wooden boat gods are looking down as we are looking at some long awaited warm weather just in time for the final coats of Awlwood.
The bronze chafe plates were set in with some precision carving on the corners of the combings at the cleat locations to lay in the strips. They are ready and will be installed following the final coat of varnish. The brand new Stem Head Fitting has been fit, installed, and fastened by Jim Titus.
Everyone is feeling the launch day creeping around the corner and we have all been plugging in some long days. It takes a lot of scheduling and planning with everyone involved to have the bottom and top sides (Diversified Finishes), varnish (Nick, Myles, Dan), paint (Jessie) and electrical work (Shea) done simultaneously and make all of our deadlines. Launch day here we come!