As you can see in the photo, lots of progress has been made. The deck is painted, the hull license numbers are in place, the Austin Healy windshield is finally on, and the coamings have been been mated to the windshield frame and shaped.

Just visible on the port coaming is an 8 foot VHF antenna on a folding mount; the jury is still out on whether or not this will be awkwardly large for a boat this size. This installation was inspired by an old photo of a Lyman runabout not unlike the original Bardick, with a same size unit in a similar location. Time will tell.

Read on for a few more details.

Here’s a peek at the cockpit area, showing the new black Interlux paint. This color might not be appropriate for the tropics, but here it should help cut down on the glare. The cardboard pieces are templates for the dashboard switch and instrument panels. The compass will be temporarily attached with double stick tape until this position is proved. The logic is that we are most likely to have a pilot and a navigator on most outings, so this way they both have easy access to the compass.

The aft deck/gunwale caps are in place now, painted to match the cap on the bow, and topped off with some old, chrome cleats I picked up at the Boaters Exchange in Sidney. Below are the tow ring, the bilge pump thru hull, and at the bottom, the starboard Smart Tab.