Blog — Friday , 5  February , 2021

Blog — Friday , 5 February , 2021

February 5, 2021

Everything that could be restored or repaired on Cynara has been used or is now being worked on. But we’ve found ways of recycling parts that were beyond repair or restoration as well. These are the former futtocks from the frame that now are part of the signage of Riviera’s boutique Malibu Hotel, located on the grounds of Riviera’s Zushi Marina, just up the coast from where Cynara is being restored.


The boom gallows for the mainmast boom had been in the tent for varnishing (above) but has now been installed on deck (below).


Pascual (above) was expressing the complexities of fitting all the plumbing for the toilet, shower, and sink in the confined space of the crew’s head, and his pleasure at spending lots of time in the bilge area underneath.


Then he went back to work shaping (above) and installing the custom-built stainless steel shower tray and drain (below).


Hashimoto finished installing the ceiling lights in the galley earlier in the week. Now he’s installing one of the pattresses (above) for the lights in the captain’s cabin and the crew cabin. The wiring will all be hidden. The ceiling lights in the saloon and galley all feature the same shellacked pattresses, finely detailed metalwork, and textured glass (below).


Kawashima continues shaping the African mahogany cabinet over the captain’s bunk. While he works on other parts, it is given a few coats of shellac (below) before its final installation.


After finishing the shower door for the owner’s cabin, with its elegant door handle (above) Paul turned his attention to the desk for the captain’s cabin (below).


Tatsumi, who prior to this project was a furniture maker in distant Hiroshima, is doing the seemingly endless task of installing latches, this on one of the doors of the galley cupboards. Just to give some idea of the number of locks and keys on Cynara, there are more than 50 locks just for the cabins—doors, cupboards, drawers, lockers, etc. That doesn’t include the saloon, galley, and captain’s and crew’s cabins.


The most elaborate locks on the cabin doors have covered escutcheons, while the ones on lockers (below), drawers, and cupboards have a simpler, though still elegant design, all in the same motif.


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