Other news: Diana and I arrived back at our Sarasota rental home last Monday following a two day drive from Chicago. Noteworthy is that we made the drive in two days, a 500 miler from Chicago to Smyrna TN and a 732 miler from Smyrna to Sarasota. The 732 mile leg was our longest drive to date. The combination of light traffic, mostly good weather and a late lunch in GA enabled me to drive the entire distance. Incidentally, we saw no less that 20 Georgia Highway Patrol cars running speed traps along I 75 and got the same report from a friend who drove through GA on I 95.
The weather in Sarasota is lovely 80 during the day and 65 at night. The weather in Chicago is slightly colder. Well ok, a lot colder. 15 degrees as I write this article.
Still more news: Diana and I spent Thursday and Friday in the Fort Lauderdale area making final decorating decisions. Stay tuned for a separate article.
Now to the photos. We are clearly in the home stretch with a confirmed shipping date (December 19) just days away. Still there is work happening throughout the boat (or maybe Tania is using the boat for storage - just joking). You will notice as you view this set of photos that the yard is starting to remove some of the protective covering enabling us to see some of the boats structural styling features. Hooray!
|1. Back on her cradle|
Port side boot stripe applied
Worker applying the starboard side boot stripe
Final bottom paint\
Hull sparking from newly applied wax
|2. Overhead view of the starboard side|
|3. Aft view|
Worker waxing the port side
Note: You can still see masking tape delineating the top edge of the bottom paint
|4. Flybridge viewed from the boat deck|
Notice that that access panels are still open on the aft hardtop supports
|5. Boat deck - No change|
|6. VIP Stateroom - almost finished|
- For the first time we can see the wenge trim on the queen size berth and view the entire use of the wenge to give the boat a more contemporary look. Wenge trims the berth, the lower shelf above the berth and upper shelving.
- Notice the placement of the sconces. Tania located them to high and too far apart. We pointed out the error to Outer Reef and they said oops, you're right. No problem we will fix it. The bottom of sconce fixtures will be moved down so that they align with the base of upper shelf. They will each be three inches from the shelf or 21" from the center line. Esthetically they will look better and be more functional.
|7. Guest Stateroom - Finished|
Notice the wenge bullnose and wenge top on the two drawer cabinet
Notice also the leeboard lying on the bottom bunk
|8. Master Stateroom looking to port|
Awaiting shoji screens
Notice the wenge bullnose, wenge headboard and wenge trim on the berth
|9. Master Stateroom|
I wonder where the doors sitting on the left side of the berth go.
|10 Pilot House - Finished|
Great view of the pilot house structural styling features including:
Stainless steel helm
Stainless steel rails
Black leather dashboard
Black horizontal surfaces
|11. Pilot House looking to starboard - Finished|
First view of the wenge newel post and contemporary stairwell
Notice how the wenge newel post times together with the helm wenge trim
|12. Pilot House looking to port|
Pilothouse table installed and protected
Completed pilothouse settee with storage covers installed
Drawer installed below settee table
|13. Galley as viewed from the pilot house|
Newly installed galley sink faucet
|14. Salon looking forward|
Awaiting settee cushions and table
|15. Salon looking aft|
Wenge styling features uncovered
TV installed in the aft cabinet
Entertainment system cabinet and components
|16. Engine Room looking forward|
Coin dot catwalk flooring installed and protected
Fire protection system (red cylinder on port bulkhead)
|17. Engine Room looking aft|
Coin dot catwalk flooring installed and covered
|18. Lazarette looking to starboard|
Sliding doors on cabinet over auxiliary tanks
|19. Lazatette looking to port|
Coin dot catwalk flooring installed
|20 Lazarette looking aft|
- Salon settee cushions
- Salon table
- Pilothouse settee cushions
- Aft deck cushions
- Forward deck cushions
Then come the blackout period (i.e., while the boat is enroute). Friday photos will be greatly missed.
Written by Les.