“CORONET” WHICH HAS BEEN AT IYRS FOR QUITE A NUMBER OF YEARS UNDERGOING A MAJOR RESTORATION, WILL SOON LEAVE NEWPORT FOR MYSTIC SEAPORT SHIPYARD TO BE FINISHED. IT HAS BEEN A JOY WATCHING THE RESTORATION OVER THE YEARS
The first plank is on Coronet. The deckhouses are in place.
The framing is complete. Preparation for planking will start I expect. Finally the shape looks finished. She is the antithesis of the AC 72’s.
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.
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.
I have been visiting “Coronet” periodically to watch her progress. The winter progress seemed much like the winter itself, long and drawn out without much progress. What is evident is the careful planning, the keel and stem are rebated and ready. No small feat, remember everything in this project is really big.
Here are photos side by side from 10 days ago and today.