Week 28:Color-fill

This week marks several milestones. I have filled the project notebook. I even have been cheating and doubling up for the last week. So Monday was the last entry in the log book. Next week is a new book. We have also made 108 trips to the boat shop since Gypsy went in. This means we have driven 7,128 miles to and from Gypsy to work on her. The other milestone is hinted at in the blog title, but no spoilers, you will have to read on.

Since last week’s post we have put on another coat of non-skid paint. We just have the side decks, and hatches and dodger left to do. The deck is looking great.  We also put the teak trim on the companion way and started installing the sailing instruments.

You can see the non skid on the seats and the teak trim on the sides of the companion way hatch opening.
You can see the non skid on the seats and the teak trim on the sides of the companion way hatch opening.

We also installed the deck level navigation lights. They have LED bulbs so they are very efficient.

stern_light

Monday Nina got the job of making the rub strakes that will keep lines from rubbing off the paint. She started with 8 foot stainless steel pieces and cut and shaped them to fit. I think she is going to want her own welder soon. I was hoping to give her a new sewing machine to make the cushions on.

take a straight bar and cut the ends to an angle and smooth, then polish.
Take a straight bar and cut the ends to an angle, file smooth, then polish.

While Nina had all the fun I sanded the hatches for  painting and then I worked on the new mast head. It will allow the spinnaker halyard and block to work better.

Bill milling the new mast head.
Bill milling the new mast head.

This is how it will fit on the top of the mast.

The spinacker will be moved a couple of inches forward to get it clear of the fore stay.
The spinnaker will be moved a couple of inches forward to get it clear of the forestay.

Now what you have been waiting for:  the foreshadowed color. We have only seen this via email so we are as excited as you are. Here are the photos that came today of Gypsy’s hull being painted.

Gypsy ready to paint. Everything is masked off.
Gypsy ready to paint. Everything is masked off.  This is what she looked like when we left Monday evening.
Bow shot showing the stripe detail.
Bow shot showing the stripe detail.
Stern with name.
Stern with name.
Tom painting the clear coat.
Tom painting the clear coat.

The color looks great and we are very pleased. I can’t wait to see the boat this weekend.  And a big thank you to Chris for sending the last three photos.

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5 thoughts on “Week 28:Color-fill”

  1. Beautiful and unbelievable what you’ve done here. A welding outfit sounds great! “Have welding torch. Can travel. Minor repairs included.”

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  2. Gypsy is absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing job you have all done. I have enjoyed each weeks blog entry and I will never look at a sailboat the same way again.
    Enjoy many more years on Gypsy.

    Stacy

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