Back to Bare Wood


I find it ironic for the power yacht that’s sat beside the launch ramp for as long as I can remember but culminating for our story. Finally, the launch ramp is in our sights. Can you spot Rediviva? She gazes upon her destiny. I yearn for the day I can capture the spectacle of her bow parting the sea.

But for today … we take her back to wood. In order to fare her hull after the seam compound was added Garrett basically had to sand away the primer and most of the preservative. It’s kind of nice getting one last glimpse of her beautiful planking:

It was still well worth preserving and priming before caulking while we were still in the woods; especially after that freak termite swarm we were thankful we did!

Taken Mid September 2017; just a few days after our original truck-out date a swarm of young termites flew through the air. They loved the plywood. Good thing the only plywood on the boat is fiberglassed over!

Once she gets a good sanding on every seam above the chine we’ll have to coat with the green preservative again and then a couple coats of primer before finish paint. A few more steps than you thought should always be expected when dealing in boats, I guess. This also proves the decision to carve in the waterline was a good one or else we would’ve sanded away oodles of work.

DSCN5509 It’s so dark down below (inside) now that every seam is filled. I’d say it’s about time we get some ports!

It’s crazy when you’re up close; head-on Rediviva looks sharp and narrow but standing further back she actually appears quite beamy:

It took Garrett about two full days to sand the starboard side. I think he’s going to add the preservative, maybe even the primer, before moving onto the port side to protect the hull and keep it from drying out and ruining the seams we just did.

There’s a rhythm to each day. Garrett’s typically involves the boatyard sprinkled with small material runs from time to time. A few days are dedicated to research or hunting for the next stage of the project; researching different drive shafts or hunting down a crucial bronze bolt things like that. Mine are a little less repetitive but none the less rhythmic. Divided between blog posts and episode editing, whatever the day job of the week is, and putting time in at the boatyard filming and getting my hands in some tar; every day is full. Today’s task: get this post out to you guys and finish episode 28 (which may be a tall order.) Tomorrow: cooking for the Culinary Institute of America. Day after that: I’ll get yard-tarded with Garrett, slap on some gloves, and help turn the boat green.

Long story short it’s another beautiful day in the office!


4 thoughts on “Back to Bare Wood

  1. Any plans to make the stem and the leading edge of the keel less blunt? Extra speed with little effort. I would make a very strong composite piece, but probable you wouldn’t want that.


    1. Hi Timothy,
      At the moment we’re choosing to leave the bow blunt (but Garrett could change his mind in the morning haha) It may improve speed but for now we like it the way it is. If Rediviva is a complete tank and it would appear to make a big dent in her hull speed we may sculpt it later.


  2. Making progress! She’s getting closer and closer to the water. So fun to watch. Come over for music and dinner tonight? 😉


  3. These are magical day as you continue your work. I’m sure you are keen to get on with it to but you will never have days
    like this before you launch and everything is still new! Stay focus and enjoy! Cheers Warren


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