A Commodores Salute


A Commodores Salute

Todays post is a little classic wooden boat eye candy from Seattle, the video shows the annual Lake Union- ‘Open the Gates Commodore Salute Parade’. The event marks the appointment of a new commodore to their CYA, lets hope Rod Mahler isn’t watching this, he will be demanding one of these each season 🙂

Video footage of the varnishing of Trinidad with Awlwood MA (Uroxsys)


How did Trinidad get that look?

If you have seen Trinidad in the last few months you would have gone………….. WoW……………… thats amazing. Well now thanks to the wonders of modern technology (a time lapse camera & Gareth Cooke’s photography & editing skills) you can watch how the team at Greg Lees Boatbuilders, working with Awlwood MA (Uroxsys) achieved that amazing finish on her topsides.

The process went like this –
1. Old coatings removed
2. Yellow primer applied
3. Two coats rolled / brushed on
4. Three days of heavy ‘wet on wet’ spray applications, with a good block sanding between coats
5. Final coat applied as a single coat to achieve best leveling

Now this is all stunning but do not think its a pro-only product, the results us amateurs can achieve with 6 > 8 coats using a hand brush is pretty wow.

Why Aucklanders Should Be Nice To Boaties


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Why Aucklanders Should Be Nice To Boaties

Link sent to ww by John Burland

TVNZ recently released this ‘Back In The Day’ video from their archives, the year was 1982 & it shows architect Stephen Smythe’s ‘Vision for Auckland’s waterfront’. Nothing startling here, all one had to do at the time was visit any waterfront city in the world & see what they had done / were doing. The scary thing is it took us 30 years to make it happen & even then was only kicked of by hosting the defence of the America’s Cup. The city has a lot to thank the yachties for 🙂

Worth a look to see the waterfront of old.