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!

April 2002

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Starboard combing

The starboard upper carlin and combing have been fitted, and most of the internal doorways have been trimmed to their correct size and shape. The upper carlin and combing for the port side are resting on top of the bulkheads. These have already been dry fitted, and will be permanently fixed in place once the motors (the main motor and a diesel DC generator) are installed.

The lead ballast keel has been fastened to the keel deadwood. This was mated to the keelson using a bond of epoxy to ensure a water tight join, and has been fastened using 3/4" bronze keel bolts.

Unfaired ballast keel
Faired ballast keel

Once the ballast keel was fixed on place, a layer of epoxy filler was applied over the surface to fair the level of the lead into the lines of the hull. This has yet to be finally sanded to a finished surface. It will then be undercoated prior to finishing with a bottom paint system.

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