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Monday, July 8, 2013

Every Detail Counts

As Mark Donohue gets settled in around the boatyard as the new leading man in the restoration of skipjack Rosie Parks, things are starting to shape up as details are being taken care of. These past few weeks, the shipwrights and volunteers have endured some tedious work in order to get ready to put the bottom planks and stringers on Rosie. Mark says the team is "fairing the frames, cleaning the rabbit, and sweetening up the chine to get her ready for some bigger steps next week."

On deck, volunteers have been putting up the railing and posts. The painting is almost complete, too!




Down below, volunteer Chris is fairing the frames to prevent leaks. The wood transom on Rosie has side grain which is very susceptible to absorbing water, so this is an important detail that has to be done with accuracy and precision. 

In a few weeks, Mark and his team plan on putting on the bottom planks and the stringers. He said that after the smaller details are taken care of, the process will move much more quickly for everyone anxiously awaiting Rosie's next steps. 



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