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.
We also installed the deck level navigation lights. They have LED bulbs so they are very efficient.
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.
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.
This is how it will fit on the top of the mast.
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.
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.