Blog — Sunday , 27  December , 2020

Blog — Sunday , 27 December , 2020

December 26,2020

Kawashima made this slatted floor for the shower room.

 

Paul is installing the gimballed dining table in the saloon. The base is all original, and has been restored. We desperately wanted to save the original table top, but unfortunately, the damage was beyond repairing. The new top exactly copied the original using some nicely figured mahogany. We had to remove some material from the underside to accommodate parts of the gimbal mechanism.

 

Wada, Koiwai and Saito are varnishing the steering gear box, while Koiwai is applying a coat of hard wax oil to the door threshold under the pocket door to the head.

 

 

December 27,2020

 

 Kawashima is checking the drawers and locks that fit under the beds. These are all original and have been carefully restored. New runners have been fitted, but the drawers don’t always fit perfectly into the 95-year-old frames, and need careful fitting.

 

Tatsumi is making a door for the washroom cabinet.

 

Hashimoto made a drawer for the aft starboard cabin. It’s for the cabinet at the bunk end.

 

The completed table in the saloon. The base of the table is secured to the sole with bolts that pass through the feet of the table base into metal plates inserted into the sole. The mahogany box hung below the table conceals around 40kg of lead, which lowers the center of gravity. When the yacht heels, the table stays level. The extra weight lower down adds resistance to that items on the table don’t affect the balance. The table can be locked in any position.

 

The painting team varnished the deck house top, leaving a mirror finish (below).

 

Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP

Restoration photos by Yoichi Yabe & RIVIERA GROUP

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Blog — Saturday , 21  December , 2020

Blog — Saturday , 21 December , 2020

December 21,2020

Tatsumi is installing latches and handles on the pocket doors that connect the staterooms to the heads. The doors are only 30 millimeters thick, with only a few millimeters of clearance on each side, so the handles were difficult to find. That’s unusually thin for a door, particularly for a pocket door. We finally found these handles at Timmage Marine in the UK.

 

The painters and the joiners need good communication so that painting does not delay fitting and vice versa. To reach some of the narrow places, they have to cut the brush handles.

 

Some of the harbor staff came to help with polishing.

 

 

December 21,2020

Kawashima finished installing the drawers for the chests in each cabin. One of the units was original, three were newly built.

 

Hashimoto installed ball catches on the cupboard doors in the saloon.

 

Pascal is wrapping up the plumbing work for the toilets and sinks.

 

Tatsumi finished installing the opaque glass doors in the deckhouse. The doors allow access to the opening windows on the sides of the deck house, while allowing light and air into the cabins below. The glass allows light into the deck house interior while the opacity preserves privacy for the cabins.

 

Wada and Usui are varnishing the cupboards in the galley.

Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP

Restoration photos by Yoichi Yabe & RIVIERA GROUP

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RIVIERA CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
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Blog — Thursday , 17  December , 2020

Blog — Thursday , 17 December , 2020

December 12

Hashimoto is fitting fiddles on a drawer unit in the starboard guest cabin.

 

Wada is putting another coat of varnish on one of the two deck tables. This is a job saved for rainy days or days when applying finish in Cynara’s interior can’t be done because of work being done there.

 

 

December 13

Hashimoto is making progress on the galley, with the frame for the microwave oven (below) ready to fit when the varnishing is finished.

 

In the captain’s cabin, Kawashima has finished with the hull lining, and is fitting wooden bungs to hide the screw holes.

 

Saito is doing touch-up varnish work on the prow.

 

December 16

Hashimoto has climbed into the hanging locker in the crew’s cabin to install the wooden trunking that will house the air conditioning pipe. A vent will be fitted in the locker top.

 

Kawashima has almost completed the chests of drawers in the aft cabins.

Each drawer needs a keep cut into the frame for the drawer lock.

 

Paul and Tatsumi are discussing the layout of the faucet handles in the crew quarter’s washroom. This small space will house a sink, a shower and a toilet, so every centimeter counts.

 

Fujita, one of the crew members, dropped by to help with the varnishing.

 

 

December 17

Sail Training

 

Weather: Cloudy

Wind conditions: West northwest 2-6 knots

Schedule: Preparation for sailing, Sail setting, Crew position training (8 crew), Sailing in low wind conditions with 7 sails, Tack training

 

 

Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP

Restoration photos by Yoichi Yabe & RIVIERA GROUP

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Blog — Friday , 11  December , 2020

Blog — Friday , 11 December , 2020

December 1

Tatsumi is finishing up the linen cupboard in one of the aft guest cabins.

 

Hashimoto is  checking an angle with a bevel gauge while making the frames for the galley cabinets.

 

Kawashima is making the cabinet for the captain’s cabin, after the condition of the original was deemed to be beyond restoration, using the old one (below) as a reference. While the furniture in the crew and captain’s cabins follow the same Camper and Nicholsons’ style as the owner and guest areas, they are less ornate, and were made of less expensive mahogany. We are using a combination of mahogany from the Philippines and Africa.

 

 

December 2, 2020

Sail Training

 

Weather: Cloudy and a little rain

Wind: North northeast, 16-25 knots

Mr. Noboru Watanabe, Chairman and CEO of Riviera, at the helm of Cynara during the sail training, and with the crew (below).

 

 

December 5

Hashimoto is now working on the drawers for the galley. The dovetail joints below is an example of his joinery work.

 

(Above and below) Paul is installing Corian splash backs on the sink unit tops. Corian is a non-porous material often used for countertops, and while it is not a traditional material, it does match the shower interiors with its marble-patterned appearance.

 

 

December 8

Tatsumi is making doors for the various cabinets. There are many doors of various sizes that have to be made now that all the cabinets are in.

 

Kawashima is working in the captain’s cabin. As in the owner and guest areas, the cabin has wooden trunking around the deck head that boxes in the beam ends and allows cable runs. He also has to make a box (below) to hide the motor of the electric winch situated directly above the cabin.

 

 

December 11

Sail Training

 

Weather: Cloudy

Wind: East Northeast 3-8 knots

Waves: 0-0.2m

Schedule: Fit the new main-topsail

Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP

Restoration photos by Yoichi Yabe & RIVIERA GROUP

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Blog — Saturday , 26  November , 2020

Blog — Saturday , 26 November , 2020

November 16 to 23

Kawashima is setting out the hull lining in the captain’s cabin. Before its final fitting, the cables and ducts have to be finished before the hull lining closes them off.

 

Wada and other painting team members are varnishing the inside of the galley cabinets.

 

​​Hashimoto made the wall panels for the galley, which now has the sink dry fitted. The final fit will be done after the plumbing is all in.

 

​Wada is preparing to varnish the deckhouse.

 

Hashimoto did a dry fit of the wall panels in the galley.

 

 

November 24 to 30

 

Paul is instructing Wada on the varnishing process for the deck table.

 

Wada and Usui varnished the deck table under Paul’s instruction. The finish was done by brush, not spray.

 

 

November 26 Sail Training

Sail Training

 

Weather: Cloudy

Wind: North Northwest 6-10 knots

Waves: .2 to .5 meters

 

 

Pascal is squeezing himself into the bilge to connect the toilet and shower next to the crew’s quarters.

 

​ Tatsumi is installing the hanging locker door in the starboard aft cabin.

 

This is the original key box that was in the crew’s cabin before restoration.

 

​Kawashima is preparing to install the cable for the light switch in the captain’s cabin. The cable is concealed behind the mahogany columns of the door frame.

 

Hashimoto is adding cabinet dividers in the galley.

 

Tatsumi is installing the opaque glass windows in the deck house.

Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP

Restoration photos by Yoichi Yabe & RIVIERA GROUP

Text and photographs copyright © 2019
RIVIERA CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Email : pr@riviera.co.jp