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Well, after two or three more days of cleaning down and re-assembling all the fixture’s and fittings, Project Perfection is finally complete! We ran slightly over the allotted two weeks so a few of us helped out today adding the finishing touches. Yes, i got to play with my spanners, screwdrivers and drills again, and i have to say, the finished article looks pretty impressive.

Below is a photo of the boat before we started


and here is the end result, with the team involved!


Thankfully, 99% of the parts we’d taken off on day one, still went back on properly today, with the exception of the odd screw here and there.

The boat will be handed back to the Calvert Trust within the next couple of weeks and hopefully they’ll be pleased with their new-look boat!

For more information about the Calvert Trust, please visit their website at http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/
For additional images of ‘Project Perfection’ please visit our page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/InternationalYachtPaint

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For those of you that don’t know me, I work for the Yacht Division of International Paint in Felling, Gateshead as a designer/artworker within the marketing team.

Typically I spend my working days clicking away on a giant iMac, artworking labels for a various number of yacht-paint products including topsides, antifoulings, primers, undercoats etc. So what are those? To be honest, I really have no idea what they are, what they do, what they look like or how they work either. Until now that is.

Last year, International Paint ran a programme called ‘Restore a boat’ in which we sourced a vessel that was looking pretty ordinary and in need of some serious restoration work! We were lucky enough to be given a boat to work on from the Scouts up at Lake Windermere, who used it for weekend sailing days. The idea of the project was that we take the boat away and give it a complete makeover from top to bottom using our own products and then hand the boat back after the transformation. This meant that we were able to help out a worthwhile cause and at the same time, showcase our own product range, demonstrating how the products are used and showing the effect and finish of the end result.

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