Nine months down, seven to go

001It has been quite a journey building a yacht on the other side of the Atlantic, but what a terrific education. I’m just returning from a second visit to the Oyster facilities in Wroxham and Ipswich England where I could see first hand the progress being made, and touch and feel this incredible soon-to-be sailing machine. See photos below. Just like our last visit, I couldn’t be more impressed with the incredible craftsmen and the level of detail that is going into Spirit and the support and guidance of our project manager Luke. Everything, and I mean everything, is right on track.

On this visit we finalized all the details for our sails, spray hood, Bimini top and covers at Dolphin Sails. A side note – picking the colors for a cruising spinnaker (like pictured above) can really test a marriage! We also worked with Passmore of Colchester to finalize carpeting and review cockpit cushion options. In-between all this we determined fan locations, which light fixture goes where and the real important stuff like how high the galley knife rack needs to be off the counter surface. Then there’s all the required linens – type, size, quantity. The list is long but fun, we think.

The week ended with a trip to the Southampton Boat Show (huge!) where Oyster was showing a 575 that was handed over just four weeks ago. A great chance to see what Spirit will look like in seven short months.

A great trip but no more fish and chips with mashed peas for a while.

The Yacht Spirit Website

The coach roof is now the distinctive Oyster black

The coach roof is now the distinctive Oyster black

The winches have been installed

The winches have been installed

The installed anchor windless

The installed anchor windless

The deck sanding continues

The deck sanding continues

Spirt now has two helm pedestals

Spirt now has two helm pedestals

The work below continues - all the "stuff" behind and under the settees

The work below continues – all the “stuff” behind and under the settees

We now have a full keel

We now have a full keel

A Varifold propeller to reduce drag with a rope cutter just in case some fishing nets come visit

A Varifold propeller to reduce drag with a rope cutter just in case some fishing nets come visit

Our new generation 88 lb Rocna anchor

Our new generation 88 lb Rocna anchor

A cruising chute template at the Dolphin Sails loft - larger we imagined

A cruising chute template at the Dolphin Sails loft – larger than we imagined

A new Oyster 575 standing tall at the Southampton Boat Show

A new Oyster 575 standing tall at the Southampton Boat Show

This is not an Oyster yacht

This is not an Oyster yacht