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 2003


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The cutwater has been fitted to the bow, and the bowsprit has been shaped to sit over cutwater and between the sampson posts (a photo of the bowsprit will be published after it has been varnished!). Note the teak cap rail that has been fastened to the top of the bulwark, and the bronze open fairlead just visible on the port side. The latter has been taped to protect its polished surface. The teak decking has been primed in preparation for caulking. The lid of the deck hatch (along with two smaller deck hatch lids from the port and starboard aft quarters) will be caulked separately.

Cutwater and foredeck
Port sidedeck caulked

Caulking of the teak deck has been completed, using Detco 2-part polysulfide deck caulking. Note that the seams were not masked out prior to caulking, as this is a new teak deck that will still require finish sanding. The teak cap rail has been masked with plastic to prevent marking by caulking compound.

The cockpit screen has been constructed from solid Kauri, and glassed over to ensure the timber is well protected. A canvas dodger will be fitted into a bolt-rope track along the top rail. The windows will be glazed with 8-10mm toughened glass. Four scuppers have been cut into the bulwark on each side of the boat: the two forward scuppers are large and oval in shape, while the aft two scuppers are small and circular (but will only have to drain small areas aft of the genoa and spinnaker turning block bases). The larger oval cut-out forward of the scuppers is for a bronze closed fairlead that will be fitted shortly.

Cockpit screen


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