The Build Has Begun

While we have no beautiful pictures of sailboat imagery against tropical sunsets, here are photos taken today of the fiberglass being molded into what will become the yacht SPIRIT in less than 400 days. (But who’s counting). The hull material is technically called GRP, glass reinforced plastic – somehow not a great term for a world-class yacht – we prefer “fiberglass”.

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The last week in April Sue and I will be crossing the pond to make our first visit to the Oyster facilities in Ipswich and Wroxham England to climb on boats, make decisions on upholstery fabrics, lighting, countertops and who knows what else. We’re going with our good friends and sailing partners, Pat and Teri, who will hopefully keep us from making too many stupid decisions. We’ll also be meeting face to face with our project manager Luke for the first time – he’s been incredibly helpful in managing this process from afar.

The last day of our visit will be spent at St. Katharine Docks in London where Oyster will be showing off a half dozen of their newest yachts all furnished and decorated. We’re sure this will be a very eye opening experience with a lot of “wow”.

Oyster Preview, St. Katharine Docks, London

Oyster Preview, St. Katharine Docks, London

Our next posting will be in early May when we can share our experiences in the Oyster boatyards along with a little fun in London town.

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