Email This Page to a FriendBringing Boats to Life — The Epic Launch of ADVENTURESS at Rockport Marine
May 21, 2014
Surely one of the greatest yacht restorations in recent history was the rebuild of the Fife schooner ADVENTURESS by Rockport Marine, and OCH was right there, camera in hand, to get the project down on film. We were fortunate to work with photographer Alison Langley on this project, so the imagery is especially enticing with her still photography and additional video shots.
William Fife designed ADVENTURESS in 1924 where all 83 feet of her was built in Fairlie Scotland and was relaunched in 2012 by Rockport Marine after a complete restoration.
Be sure to check out the other video that came from this shoot — Building Raised Panels (Joe Kobak made a huge raised panel in one day).
– More often than not, we get to come into work and feel like you are contributing beauty to the world. Most of the products and goods and services that you get in this world today are not handmade in the way that everything here is. And I don’t even moan just the wood components, I mean on a project like this, it’s all made just for this.
– [Worker] The process itself really determine the product in the end, so, in addition to the end result or the product being authentic or not authentic, it’s the process itself that you can talk about being authentic.
– In design for restoration, there’s some critical stuff that you have to do right at the beginning to set yourself in good stead for the remainder of the project. There’s a huge amount of talent here. If there’s ever anything that you don’t know how to do, somebody does. And my experience has been that if you ask, they’ll take time out of whatever it is they are doing to show you how to do it right because in the end, when you’re gonna produce something like this, everybody wants all the parts and all the components to be done to a really high level, whether it’s a piece that they did or one that one of their colleagues did.
– Every boat we do, we talk about raisin’ our standard. The last big boat we finished was exquisite, it was beautifully done, and all the same guys that were workin’ on that boat are on this boat. This is our finest work.
– So that we end up in the end with a fife yacht without mistake, we spent a week at the beginning of this project in England, going through the archive and really making sure that we were getting all the details right.
– Seeing a big fife like this is special kind of experience this boat really is, I think, for a lot of us. I think that’s another thing that as the project goes away, I’ll look back on it and be like, “Wow, that was a big fife.”
– There is an extraordinary level of confidence that Taylor has in you, in all of us, in what we do here, which is infectious, I think, when you’re working for people like that who expect the best work that you can provide but also to an unprecedent degree, I think, stand back and let you do it. It makes you want to produce fantastic work for somebody like that.
– But this is also a job. I mean, these are very expensive projects and we need to be able to do the work to a high level and try to get the project done for the owner as efficiently as we can so that they at least feel like they’re really getting a good solid day’s work from the people who work here. My ultimate goal in all of this is for the owners to feel they really enjoyed the process, they feel like they were treated fairly, that they got a better product than they had hoped they might in the beginning. That’s very important to me and I think to pretty much everybody that works here as well.
– [ Worker] I don’t know how many jobs there are in the world where you can stand back with 15, 20 other guys and literally look at 70,000 hours of labor, like, “There it is.”
– [Boat Owner] The great romantic poet John Keats says that “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
– [Female Worker] This really is a community of people who love wooden boats. When owners come here to the boatyard, they become part of this community and the family here. Ultimately it’s depth of knowledge and the feeling of friendship and family here that allows us to reach a higher level and really make a boat sing.
– [Boat Captain] She initially, in light airs, will heel very softly. As the breeze freshens, her resistance increases, the power increases, and it’s a tangible feeling in the yacht. Driving off the wind with ocean swells behind us, her motion, pushing off down the front of those waves, it’s exhilarating. And when she’s pressed under full sail and she puts her rail down, it is absolutely spectacular.
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