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!

May/June 2002


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Beam with port combing

The port side cabin combing and upper carlin have been fitted, completing the shape of the topsides. As with the starboard side, the combing was constructed of 12mm plywood, with an additional 9mm of plywood laminated over the outside in situ.

A photo from the bow, showing the shape of the coach house and main cabin structure. The starboard side of the cockpit has been framed up, and most of the interior doors and doorways have been trimmed to their final shape and size. The cabin top beams have all been laminated on a jig to the appropriate curve, but we will not fit these until much later, as this will make finishing the interior fit-out easier. Most of the interior cabinet work through the saloon and athwarts the cockpit has now been constructed, but has been dismantled to allow for finish coating.

Coachhouse from bow
Engine room from above

Both the main engine (a 90HP Perkins diesel) and the auxiliary (an 18HP Kubota diesel, rigged with a high output water pump, dive compressor and desalinator pumps) have been placed into position under the cockpit. The exhaust systems are next to be installed: the waterlock for the small motor is in temporary position at the bottom of the frame. The propshaft will be driven through an AquadriveTM, to minimise vibration and alignment problems.

A photo of the engine room from the port side. Air will be drawn into the engine compartment through a baffled intake from under a cockpit seat, and hot air will be exhausted through 2 deck mounted dorade ventilators. We will be able to close off both airways.

Engine room from the port side
Rudder stop construction

The rudder stop has been solidly constructed out of epoxy and glass, integrally mounted onto the transom. The hydraulic steering ram will be mounted on the large timber block to port of the rudder shaft. Note the copper bonding strap running along the keelson. This has been covered with double bias glass tape and epoxy, in order to prevent corrosion.


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