The Birth of a 'Centennial Spray' in New Zealand!

These photos will (hopefully) record the construction of our Bruce Roberts
'Centennial Spray 38'.
MANY thanks to Blair Boats for making the project happen!

December 2001


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The laminated kauri bowsprit has been cleaned up and the end had been rebated to accept the crance iron. While perspective in the photo makes the spar appear larger at the forward end, the aft end is 150mm in diameter, while the forward end tapers to 90mm. The spar is hollow, with solid blocking at either end and where it will pass over the stem and stemhead fitting. The 'F' cramp is holding a pattern for the stemhead fitting in place. This fitting, like the crance iron, will be cast in bronze to our pattern.

Bowsprit #1
Completed fuel tanks

A photo that does little justice to the amount of labour involved! All of the fuel, water and holding tanks have been completely coated, and all tank plumbing has been fitted. The inner surface of each tank was glassed, and then coated with 2 coats of epoxy resin and 3 coats of epoxy tank lining paint. The tank tops (composed of glassed, 12mm ply) are now ready to be fastened into place, and the rest of the interior can be commenced. Note the channels through the tanks at the right and left to allow for the running of plumbing, electrical and electronic lines. This form of tankage adds much strength to the boat, as most of the lower area of the hull is now braced with a sturdy "I" beam structure.





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