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As of this Friday evening, all boats are in the water. The Beetle Cats and the dinghy GEM are finished, while work on the last items to be ready for sailing carries on into the night on the Quincy Adams Seventeen and the S-Boat. 

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There is still a lot of work to get the boats in the water, and the teams work long hours through the Holiday weekend to make it happen.

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Finishing the boats on time for launch comes with long days and also night and weekend work and occupies most of the students’ lives. All of us want the boats in the water by May 31 and focus to make it happen. As one of the “side-effects”, the remaining blogs will mainly contain pictures to show the progress made—text will fall short.

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Coming out of spring break, not only much progress was made on all boats, but the weekend also saw a contribution to re-growing the wood that we consume at IYRS.

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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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