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!

September 2003


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On the outside of the boat, painting has continued with the gloss borders being sprayed on the cabin top. Note that the boat has been tented to reduce dust during spraying. The paint used is a 2-part polyurethane.

Cabin top gloss borders
Saloon table

We are extremely privileged to call this masterpiece of marquetry our saloon table. This will be fastened down to the table leg. Crafted by a New Zealand timber artist, this table is composed of over 1200 pieces. The border and fiddle are fashioned from Australian Silky Oak, the main background from New Zealand Kauri, and the design from Puhutakawa, Mairie, Puriri, Kahikatea, Matai, Kanuka (all New Zealand trees), Teak, Iroko and Ebony. Unfortunately, no photograph can do this work justice, but if you click the image to the left a slightly higher resolution image can be seen.

A detail shot of one corner of the table, showing the precise rendering of the lei border, and the manner in which the grain is used to give depth and life to the dolphins. Again, a higher resolution photo can be seen if the image to the right is clicked.

Table corner detail
Preparing for non-skid

The edges of cabin top areas that will be sprayed with non-skid paint have been masked. The gloss borders have been kept relatively small, to reduce the possibility slips on the edges of the cabin.

The non-skid paint work has been completed on the cabin top. Installation of deck hardware, ports and hatches can now proceed.

Non-skid completed


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