Friday, December 7, 2012

Mestrina Breaks Up

photos by Nereo Zane
When you have a boat that needs out-of-the-water maintenance,
you need to find the right place to do it. 
I'm continually amazed at how much bigger a boat seems to get as soon as she needs to be pulled out and worked on.
Imagine how much more challenging it must be with a boat that's over fifty feet long.
The GSVVM's quattordesona is one of the longest rowing boats in the Veneto, but she's got a very clever design feature:
She breaks into three pieces.
So when the "worker bees" (that means exper boat builders and their staff) at the GSVVM rowing club in Mestre decided it was time to address some of Mestrina's maintenance,
they naturally decided to do it one section at a time.

Nereo Zane stopped by the club this week and snapped a few shots of the bow section, propped up in the shop and being worked on.
I've rowed on this boat a few times, and seen her every time I've been to the club, but this is the first time I've seen her disassembled.

This isn't the first time we've seen boats that break into three pieces,
in fact I think if I wanted to, I could host a whole week of posts on boats that unbolt into a trio of floating sections.
I understand the rationale of doing this work over winter;
imagine if you got two of the three sections complete,
and then had to throw the boat in the water for an event.
In the mean time, the boatbuilding staff there has been working on yet another beautiful sandolo for the club members to row once the vessel is complete and weather allows. 

With all these three-piece-boats, I'm starting to think that maybe I need to split my boats into pieces so I can service them (piece by piece)
in my garage.

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