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!

Dec 2003


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WET but NOT launched! It was easier to step the rig (using the gantry in the background) with the boat in the water. With the deck lower than the dock it allowed all of the bottom terminations to be completed without having to remove and replace the stays and shrouds from the masts. Notice that the bowsprit platform has not yet been fitted. The boat is floating to its lines in the bow, but is high in the stern: however, we have a lot of equipment to install in the aft third of the boat (including the house battery bank).

Stepping the rig
Deck looking aft

Back on the hardstand with the rig in place. The main and mizzen booms have not yet been fitted, as is the case with all of the mast collar/base halyard turning blocks. Although the stanchion bases are in place (and temporary stanchions are fitted), all of the railwork such as pulpit, pushpit and dodger frame will be completed later. Teak dorade boxes topped with bronze cowl vents will complete the majority of the deck hardware.

The bowsprit platform has been fitted using bronze studs bonded into the bowsprit brackets and custom made bronze nuts. The bow rollers have also been manufactured to fit the bronze castings. The small mushroom vent on the foredeck can be replaced with a deck plate during a passage.



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