The “Coronet”¬†project started by Elizabeth Meyer. As I have sated before, whatever you think of her, you cannot deny her vision. The project never really had traction until Bob McNeil assumed responsibility. I have visited since the beginning and time moves slowly. It is easy to loose track of where it all started. I have not yet found the photograph of “Coronet” while she was still in the water tied to the dock at IYRS; but you still have a sense of change.


Coronet” is an ongoing project at IYRS, here in Newport, but funded entirely by Bob McNeil of San Francisco. The photographs are fairly self-explanatory. What strikes me each time I visit is just how massive each piece is. Today, work is aided by a very nice gantry; when the boat was first built obviously this was not available and the boat was completed in a fraction of the time that this restoration will take.


Start day for the Annapolis-Newport Race. We have the remnants of a northwesterly here, If they have it in the Chesapeake, the bogs should blast out of the bay. Click here for the tracker.

48 hour 500mb NOAA map

I have not had an update on the progress of Coronet in a while. So here are some recent photos. The knees will be re-used where possible.


More progress on the “new” Coronet. The deck beams are set on the forward frames that have been set. The trunnels have arrived. Trunnels are usually made of Locust and are in fact a very good and clever way to secure planking and other things on a hull. The quality of the work on the Coronet makes it a work of art.


“Coronet” as many of you know is being restored at IYRS, (really by Bob McNeil). A multi year project. For anyone who loves building wooden boats this is such an interesting project.

It is winter, and “Coronet” is on the Newport waterfront, but in fact the building in which “Coronet” is housed, was rather warm; wood stove, a dog and wood shavings. What more could a shipwright ask for?