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Getting Ready for Opening Day

Burr just delivered the RELIANCE bell, complete with a clapper, with engraving done by a South Carolina engraver. You can see its size compared to a U.S. Quarter! We can’t wait to see the reaction of our riggers when we tell them one of them will need to braid the cotton lanyard…

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Joe brought back our wood hatches, companionway, and monitor with final finishing. They look great and bring the deck to life.

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We’ve also finally received the uniforms for our 52 crew members! They look exquisite; thank you very much, Denise.

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Laura rigged the topmast shrouds and backstay eyes, and even brought her sister and parents to see her handiwork. Great to see pride for all involved!

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This Week in Building 28

We continue with progress! Joe Uzzo is applying canvas tops to the hatches and Bill Lawton is routing out the hole in the deck to match hatch openings. Tim Horton sprayed etching primer on our aluminum chainplates and mast partner plate. Some he then painted steel color. Others will be painted with the hull. He also has been removing our fittings off the deck and will begin sanding the deck preparatory to laying cork deck and painting the margin plates. We just found a sample of cork lying on a Museum shelf from KATOURA and feel we have the right cork solution!

 

Tim, Steve Siok and Herb Luther continue to work on RELIANCE displays and the group just submitted a paper for the Classic Yacht Symposium. This piece discusses what we’ve uncovered while building RELIANCE about N.G.H. as a manufacturing engineer as well as a materials, weight and structural engineer. Probably more importantly we discuss what we’ve found about Herreshoff Manufacturing Co as an advanced high tech business with relevance to today’s business.

 

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Joe Uzzo applying canvas tops to hatches

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Hatch with canvas

 

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Bill Lawton routing out hole in the deck

 

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Tim Horton Preparing the deck

 

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sample cork from KATOURA

Back to Work!

It is good to be back to work! Here’s a picture of the Saturday crew. Left to right:
Mike Mirman, Steve Siosk, Tim Horton, Sandy Lee, Keith Bradley, Joe Uzzo, Herb Luther and Bill Lawton.

We had a great work session – after catching up on all the holiday happenings and telling sea stories.

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If you look on the fore-deck, you’ll see the incredible dolphin striker assembly, bowsprit spreader sockets and hawse pipe lips that Mike Mirman just delivered. We’ll be getting these in place over the next month.

You may also have noted that six mahogany stained hatches and the companionway are on deck. RELIANCE’s furniture was butternut and from the pictures stained a mahogany color and then varnished.  Joe Uzzo delivered the stained structures, and we worked with him to perfect our technique to attach the canvas tops.  The companionway has a sliding top and glass portholes.  Joe is working to add the barometer, clock and race card which rest on a ledge in the companionway. Still to go are the monitor and large two piece hatch cover.

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Above: Joe and his work.

Below: Steve admiring Joe’s work.

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Keith has been working inside RELIANCE to adjust the mast step to her rake. He’s also been making a metal display stand for our 2′ long 14″ diameter solid bowsprit replica while Herb Luther finishes shaping it and preparing it for varnish.

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Above: Capt. Trivia emerging from below

 

We’re also preparing plans for laying cork on the deck, attaching the fittings and painting.  We’ll talk about that soon.

Keith and Joe have been busy! The Hatches, Mast Step and Chain Plates

Team members Keith Bradley and Joe Uzzo have been busy.  Here we show 6 pictures of their progress below.

Photo #1 shows one of the seven deck structures coming together – Joe’s handiwork Photos

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#2-6 show Keith’s handiwork Photo

#2 & 3 show the mast step which will be bolted into an internal fiberglass mast step. It is adjustable so we can get the mast aligned fore and aft and side to side to the waterline. RELIANCE had about 2 degree mast rake aft Photos

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#4 & 5 show the main chain plates and backstay chain plates. The hull has been cut to receive these plates and they will be screwed and glued in place and then we’ll back-fill with fiberglass material. They cant inward and are differing angles fore and aft.

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Photo #6 shows the bobstay chain plate already installed.

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Thank you Keith and Joe for all of your hard work!