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The last two weeks saw again a lot of activity. All teams made good progress before either heading into this week’s spring break or using the break for continued work on the boats.

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If there was one common theme this week, it was installing deck beams.

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By now all boats in Restoration Hall are turned over and work inside the hulls started with installation of sheer clamps to add structure and stability to the boats.

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Much was accomplished over the course of the last two weeks. All boats are fully planked now, the hulls were faired by planing and long boarding, the seams were caulked with cotton, painted and filled with seam compound and the outside and inside of the hulls of the large boats and of the first of the Beetle Cats were sealed with primer. 

Sheer clamps were installed in the Quincy Adams Seventeen, the detail work on Gem's interior continued with thwart knees and inwales, and, highlight of last week, the hull of the S-Boat was rolled over. 

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Many students continued to work on the boats during midwinter break, which gave a head start for going into week 7.

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I had the privilege of interning at The Hinckley Company.  I spent two weeks with the electrical department and two weeks in the mechanics shop.  The internship was a great opportunity to see what goes on at a shipyard. Everyone at Hinckley was very encouraging in my pursuit to work on marine systems.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on an array of projects around multiple Hinckley sites.  The experience gave me even more confidence in my future on yachts.

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With President’s Day and mid-winter break coming up, everyone in the shop worked hard to not leave any open jobs behind - or to prepare for coming in during the break and give building a boost. There’s a lot to working on one’s own schedule and with good focus during the break, and many students make use of the opportunity to work in the shop.


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A big milestone was reached for the Quincy Adams Seventeen Team: planking was completed with installation of the three-part shutter planks on both sides of the hull and fairing has begun.


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While the cold weather with occasional snow continued, all students were back to the floor of Restoration Hall, planking, but also working on spars and other boat parts that will be needed later in the spring.


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Diesel is the last section to be covered in the systems course.  Students are paired up to work on a diesel engine that Kevin has chosen for us.  All the students have been getting their hands dirty taking apart their engines.  We go all the way to taking the heads off the engines, some groups even take apart the block.

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