I have finished the inside of the dinghy with a 'two pot' marine paint system and she is on the way to completion. I may install a couple of inspection ports in the the stern and bow buoyancy chambers which will allow access so that I can bolt on rudder gudgeons and mast support blocks. I will also be able to remove whatever clunks around in both chambers whenever the boat is turned 180 degrees.
It's only when I see a photograph such as this (above) that I realise how much progress has been made. The next job is to turn the dinghy upside down and paint the hull (black) and install the half round brass rubbing strake along the keelson.
By installing a centre board and a sail I am transforming the dinghy from a simple yacht tender into a small boat in her own right. I will construct a beach trolley for her and use her as I do the Starling. I may from time to time tow her behind my yacht Mariner but she will cease to be the dedicated workhorse ships dinghy. So should she continue to be called 'Mariners Dinghy' ? or should I give her a name ? ....... which reminds me; I have a list of names for the restored Starling dinghy, but to date I haven't given her a name - Ye salt laden sea gods! Shipmates that's almost as unlucky as sailing on Friday the 13th or forgetting to give the crew their rum ration! Yikes!