August 27-Sep 2 , 2018

With the new horn timber section in place the transoms can now be fitted. Only the lower half of the transoms have been laminated at this stage, so these are being checked in their positions against the timber ribbands fitted on the hull.


A view from the tent scaffold at Cynara’s stern shows progress, with fresh and painted new timber standing out against the stained and blackened old wood.


In the joinery tent next door, the engine room companionway hatch is about to get its makeover. Paul and Hashimoto discuss the way forward.


Paul and Ben on a visit to a lumber yard north of Tokyo, which had a good selection of teak. We take care to find pieces that can be most efficiently used, with the least amount of waste. Teak is rightly valuable (at least until new forests are planted) and this makes the selection stressful. We have to hope that there are no hidden defects hiding in the center of the purchased lumber, which will only be revealed after cutting.


Each piece is marked with its hopeful final destination (above and below). We need timber for washstrakes, capping rails, and coverboards and all require clean, long lengths. The perfect tree is impossible to find and defects in the timber are inevitable. We mark the defects and hope that we can work around them with careful planning.

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