At this point we have really turned the corner with the refit of the boat. We are putting new paint on and next we will be putting all the systems back together. This will involve electronics, deck hardware, rudder bearings, standing rigging, running rigging and everything else that makes a race boat ready, right down to the line bags in the cockpit. While we are behind our original schedule, we are still very much focused on getting the boat launched with plenty of time to be fully up to speed for the delivery back to France later this summer.
The fun part over the next two weeks or so will be sharing the re branding of the boat as the paint continues to fly. As with any paint job, the rewarding part is to see the primers and colors start to go down. After weeks of prep work the payoff is when you lay paint on the boat to see the fruits of all the labor that went into sanding, filling, sanding again and again and then finally prepping for the color. Thanks to Awlgrip for their support and the many others that have contributed to the refit.
More pictures of the painting will come soon.
All the best,