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Marionette's New Dress - updated May 27, 2018  

January 15, 2018. Last year the decision was made to spend some of Marionette's crew's inheritance and completely redo her exterior surfaces - sand and re-varnish (7 coats) her cabin, hatches, toe rail, hand rails and trim, sand and repaint her decks and cockpit, sand and awlgrip her topsides (2 coats), and sand and recoat her bottom. Return on this investment will not be measured financially but on the number of pretty boat compliments.

Work has started at Cove Landing Marine on Hamburg Cove, Lyme, Connecticut - they have a great reputation for quality work, often done on 40'er+ wooden classics. Marionette is a 'small' classic, all wood except for her solid fiberglass hull. Click here to go to their website, and click here to go to Marionette's page.

A cold January day - the Cove is frozen solid
She was moved into the shop before the snow hit.....Phase 1 is to sand all her exterior wood. The above 'before' photo makes you think she looks pretty good before they started - why all the fuss? Its just that she passes the 10' test.....Click on the photos below for a larger image.

toe rail track removed

Decision time - the portlights do not leak -

remove then reseal?

Right - hatches and companionway boards

to be continued

February 10, 2018 Progress report - wood trim sanding and varnishing done (almost), progress payment made....Click on the photos for a larger image.


February 19, 2018 Afternoon drive over to Cove Landing Marine to check on progress, Sanding has started on the deck and topsides.

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February 27, 2017 Deck work, continued....Click on the photos for a larger image.


March 5, 2018 Deck work, continued

to be continued

March 12, 2018 Beautiful Sunday afternoon check in

Winches in, instruments, main hatch....Click here for a larger image - stay tuned


March 20, 2018. Woodwork and deck almost done. The non skid areas after silica hand sanding and final topcoat. Topsides and stripes next...

View from the balcony. Above left - That's John Leonard, Cove Landing Marine owner, and the go-to guy in this area for quality work on Classic yachts. In 2018 he celebrates his 40th year here


March 25, 2018. Topsides sanded, double undercoat awl grip - awaiting final topcoat and stripes

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April 3, 2018. 1st Awlgrip topsides coat

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May 4, 2018. Getting closer. Waiting for the transom name painting lady, final coating on the cockpit sole, bottom paint, centerboard paint, mast step and launch.

Mast set up and delivered May 3rd (photos are proof...)

Launch date maybe week May 14?

Stay tuned

Above - mast prep work done at Old Lyme

Right - mast delivered to Cove Landing Marine

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May 10, 2018 update - work progresses on the cockpit sole and the new mahagony ring around the compass; New bottom paint will be same - Petit Hydrocoat (Marionette's experience - environmentally more friendly but not as effective as formerly used Interlux Micron extra - the colder waters in Maine where she has spent some time the past couple of years helped....); The transom name painting lady (very busy/much in demand/the go-to person in our area) now scheduled May 21: Launch and stepping scheduled May 22; High tide at Essex/Saybrook Point about 8:30AM - currents favorable for a mid morning departure down river and east on Long Island Sound to Niantic Bay - her homeport.

Above - new mahagony compass ring, finishing still in process

Right - Cockpit sole - stripped - finishing in process

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May 22, 2018. Getting closer - Sophie, the transom name painting lady (very busy/much in demand/the go-to person in our area) has arrived!



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May 27, 2018 -Launched, May 25, stepped and set up mast, main sail, lifelines,

May 26 - loaded stuff below and and left Hamburg Cove at 11:30AM, motor sailed down the Connecticut River, left turn east on Long Island Sound. Three hours later home in her slip at Niantic Bay YC. Several thumbs up and pretty boats....

.Details when time permits. Things are a mess below....

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