The build up and preparation for Herreshoff’s opening day has been a bumpy road, but when we finally made it, we couldn’t have asked for a more successful and rewarding weekend.
Thanks to the crew who had been working diligently to make this day a reality! Available for some photos (from left to right) were: Don Berret, Sandy Lee, Tim Horton, Joe Uzzo, Herb Luther, Bern Altman, and Laura Thompson.
We’re in the planning stage, a gestation stage, as we plan to lay canvas on deck rather than the previously decided cork deck. Further research has concluded that cork deck first laid on CONSTITUTION was removed and replaced by canvas, and though reportedly used on RELIANCE was in fact not used. Canvas was laid instead. But work does go on as shown in the pictures: 1. Our astronaut “Herb from Falmouth” suits up to scuff up our deck, preparatory to painting and laying canvas. (The steel waterway was painted, and the aluminum deck was canvas covered) 2. Tim Horton carves out the scuppers – two on each side 3. The monitor was been delivered and fitted in-place (a little dusty from scuppering operation) 4. Joe Uzzo continues with the deck furniture, making companionway ladder and racing gauges
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.