If January went by quickly, February has disappeared in a flash. Multiple projects are in progress and while we are very much still on track we are starting to get to the stage where wiggle room is getting tighter. So far so good though and the biggest project we have going on at the moment – the deck re caulk is looking great. Thankfully the trusty turbo heater is helping make various jobs even just about possible. Today is well below freezing and nothing likes to harden, set, dry or cure in these conditions.
The cap rail is fully stripped, down below is all prepped for its paint job which is happening this weekend and the black rubber is back in the deck seams. Off site the stem head fitting is in production and our electrician looks like he will make it here by the weekend after a long and arduous road trip from California where he met with significant snow in Kentucky.
Plans are coming together nicely for the first crew team build event which will be held at the end of march. The aim is to introduce new and existing crew members and spend a few days in California sailing, training and hopefully having some fun before the serious on board training begins here in Newport at the end of April.
It’s good to feel an energy about the project as the deadline comes more into focus rather than a distant land mark. We will no doubt be working right up to the 11th hour as is always the case but I am confident we will be right on track and ready to launch in the final week of April.