News & Updates

Blog — Monday , 01  June, 2020

Blog — Monday , 01 June, 2020

Tuesday, May 26 Prior to the sail tests, Chuck, as head of the rigging team (above), has been going over all the knots and attachments on the masts, booms and sails (below). We’re getting close to the final days of the restoration. Protecting the deck and floors is a...

Blog — Monday , 25  May, 2020

Blog — Monday , 25 May, 2020

Tuesday, May 19  Nat is reinforcing the main sail (above and below). The plan for setting up the main sail calls for a day with no rain and little wind, so the riggers are watching the weather patterns very closely.   Paul is building a hollow panel that will...

Blog — Thursday , 14 May, 2020

Blog — Thursday , 14 May, 2020

Friday, May 8 Ian is assisting with the wiring. It’s a massive job, given all the new equipment that needs electricity, and very time consuming.   Chuck and Nat are going back and forth between Cynara and the tent, preparing to attach the boom to the main mast....

Blog — Friday , 1 May, 2020

Blog — Friday , 1 May, 2020

Bill and Lewis are in the tent, repairing interior fittings. Bill is building a new locker interior for the owner’s stateroom;   Lewis is cleaning up the captain’s bunk frame.   The mizzen mast boom which was installed yesterday has now been finely adjusted,...

Blog — Tuesday , 28 April, 2020

Blog — Tuesday , 28 April, 2020

Work on the interior is a step-by-step process. As Paul said to Mr. Watanabe the other day, the photos that are being taken every day don’t adequately capture the steady progress that is being made. But work is now focused on the main saloon and cabins, including the...

Blog — Friday , 24 April, 2020

Blog — Friday , 24 April, 2020

It rained all day on Monday the 20th, but that didn’t really slow down the work on the interior, as the shipwrights continued work in the tent and below deck. Generally speaking, one carpenter focuses on one task—bunks, for example, or vents. This way, the work on...

Blog — Thursday , 16 April, 2020

Blog — Thursday , 16 April, 2020

Yesterday, the mast was stepped in perfect conditions: fine weather, flat ocean, and no wind. Over the 90-plus years since she was built, Cynara has hogged considerably, leaving a wave in the sheer line and a real challenge for the naval architect and the shipwrights...

Blog — Tuesday , 14 April, 2020

Blog — Tuesday , 14 April, 2020

Last Thursday, we filled Cynara’s tanks with 1000 liters of fuel. The engine and gearbox are what she had before the restoration, though the engine was sent back to Yanmar for a full rebuild. On deck, the case covering the gearbox at the helm was installed. With all...

Blog —  Wednesday, 8 April, 2020

Blog — Wednesday, 8 April, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 The state of Cynara has progressed at pace since last Monday, when she was transferred to the water by the big sea crane. We are working on the benches on the left and right side in the doghouse, the rails for the sliding hatches and other...

Blog —  Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

Almost 3 years of hard work by Riviera’s team of shipwrights and support staff came to a climax at the end of March, when Cynara was lifted back into the water. Because the team at Riviera had done every facet of the rebuild in-house, including moving her out of her...

Blog — Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

This week, Cynara finally moved out into the sunshine after two years of restoration work inside the tent. On March 15, steel workers began building the cradle to move the 75 tons of Cynara over the fifty meters to the water’s edge. Various ideas for the design of the...

Blog — Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

Nikki Wellings has come from her base in Italy to do all the traditional leatherwork that goes into Cynara’s rigging and other areas. There’s quite a bit that needs to be done, from the gaff saddles on the masts to the holders for the winch handles to the inside of...

Blog — Tuesday, 10 March, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 10 March, 2020

The bronze hawse pipes that the anchor chains and hawsers or heavy mooring lines pass through finally arrived. Richard had created a model from vinyl foam, which was sent to a casting expert in the France who created the bronze parts. Some deliveries of material from...

Blog — Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

Our gilder Julian arrived from Mallorca this week to add the decorative touch of metallic gild to Cynara’s hull. This is a must for any classic yacht, and in its early years, Cynara would have had this done every year or so along with repainting. The metallic gold...

Blog — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Sanding and application of the hull’s top coat continued this week—the third and last coat! Nico and Bill were working on the lower scaffold level; Jesper (with a roller) and Paul (with a brush) were in charge of the upper level. The focus of interior work has been on...

Blog — Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

At the beginning of the week, Paul and Ben went over the schedule at a general meeting. Things have been very busy over the last weeks, and that will continue. The changes are much more visible than previously. One day, for example, there is no name on the stern; then...

Blog — Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

This week saw the installation of the bowsprit. Billy prepared the block and tackles to get the spar from the ground and into the scaffold, yesterday, and this morning shipwrights Paul and Ben, along with Bill and Chuck the rigger—worked in unison to get it in place,...

Blog — Tuesday, 4 February, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 4 February, 2020

Head rigger Chuck arrived at Seabornia last Friday from the south of France, together with Nat, a rigger from Maine. The riggers’ job is to prepare the deck, the mast, and its fittings for installation, which will take place soon after Cynara is put back in the water....

Blog — Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

Work is still ongoing on deck, but much of the focus has shifted to the interior. The mahogany panels are starting to be installed, and some of the cabin partitions constructed of poplar (as were the originals) have been trial fitted. The original desk from the main...

Blog — Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

After being spray-painted in an elegant dark blue color, chosen by Mr. Watanabe, the mooring bitts, fairleads, and hardware for the bowsprit are being laid out on deck in their various positions. The varnishing team is taking a break from mast varnishing and is now...

Blog — Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

Blog — Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

The year 2020 will certainly be one to remember, as this is the year we hope to complete the restoration of the classic English gaff ketch Cynara. The detailing and fine tuning of the many deck fittings is underway. Some team members were making plywood patterns for...

Blog — Friday, 27 December, 2019

Blog — Friday, 27 December, 2019

Work on Cynara did not slow down at year-end, unlike the rest of Japan. On Monday, Graham was working on attaching the copper sheathing to sections of the rudder. He carefully made thick paper templates of each piece then cut these shapes out of copper sheets. A...

Blog — Friday, 20 December, 2019

Blog — Friday, 20 December, 2019

Jonathan, a new member of the team arrived from Europe. He left his native NZ in his teens, and has since spent most of is working life working on classic yachts in various locations across Europe. From early Monday morning, five crew members were working on the...

Blog — Friday, 13 December, 2019

Blog — Friday, 13 December, 2019

Monday saw a full day of wiring installation by the engineers. Work continued on the interior, with the first of the mahogany bulkhead panels installed between the saloon and main cabins, and master shipwrights Paul and Ben carefully checked the original location of...

Blog — Friday, 6 December, 2019

Blog — Friday, 6 December, 2019

Work on the Cynara’s wiring continues. In most parts of the world, the crews working on boat maintenance—the shipwrights, carpenters, engineers, painters, varnishers, and electricians—usually try to work at staggered times, so that they’re not in each other’s way....

Blog — Friday, 29 November, 2019

Blog — Friday, 29 November, 2019

Everyone has been concentrating on their individual tasks. On Monday, Mattis was sanding the hull at the bow. Sanding a vertical surface can be extremely tiring, as anyone who has done it knows. More and more of the staff are working on interior projects. Shipwrights...

Blog — Friday, 22 November, 2019

Blog — Friday, 22 November, 2019

The storm passed without doing any damage to the tent, and Wednesday dawned calm and clear. Work on the rudder, the rudder shaft and the steering gear continued. By Thursday, installation of the heavy timbers of the stern chock cheeks, where they take on a low and...

Blog — Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Blog — Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

On Monday, forecasts of a storm that night had everyone preparing. But that didn’t stop Mattis and Richard from working on the bow, drilling holes for the hawsepipe and for the bowsprit. The steering gear pedestal was installed before the rudder stock was done, and is...

Blog — Friday,15 November, 2019

Blog — Friday,15 November, 2019

The week began, as every week does, with Paul going over the schedule with everyone. He sees everything, and he gives advice to newcomers, even on how to sweep, telling them, “As you sweep, take a good look at what each person is doing.” The hole for the rudder tube...

Blog — Friday, 8 November, 2019

Blog — Friday, 8 November, 2019

The week was a productive one, with progress made in many areas. Mattis and Richard began the week by trial-fitting the tenon joints on the top of the stanchions, where the capping rails will be attached. Graham continued drilling the hole for the rudder stock tube...

Blog — Wednesday , 30 October, 2019

Blog — Wednesday , 30 October, 2019

Tues. Oct. 22 With the deck planking done, we have the entire deck as a workspace. Nico is working on the bowsprit chock, and can now put in temporary place to make sure it fits. It is a sizable piece of wood and is all original.   Further back, Richard is...

Blog — Monday , 21 October, 2019

Blog — Monday , 21 October, 2019

Sun.Oct. 13 Typhoon Hagibis made landfall last night just west of us on the Izu Peninsula. It ended up being one of the largest typhoons ever recorded, with over 200,000 people ordered to evacuate, and the matches for the World Rugby Cup cancelled. It was fairly...

Blog — Thursday , 10 October, 2019

Blog — Thursday , 10 October, 2019

Wed. Oct. 2 As we enter October, the temperature has fallen, which has made life a little easier for the shipwrights. But we’re still in the middle of typhoon season, and Cynara is protected only by a tent. A smaller tent stands adjacent—where work on the interior,...

Project Update Video

A video was created in June 2018 to share the restoration progress.  Narrated by Paul Harvey, Master Shipwright.   Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP Restoration photos by Yoichi YabeCopyright 2019

Restoration by RIVIERA GROUP

Restoration photos by Yoichi Yabe & RIVIERA GROUP

Text and photographs copyright © 2019
RIVIERA CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
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