Aluminum expedition sailboat Morgan’s Cloud exits the spray shop in the travellift at Billings Diesel & Marine with a new coat of white Awlgrip.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Ee Kiat Goh Sep 3, 2019, 3:29 am

    Hi John, I am spraying my mast and deck (not the hull yet) and wondering what shade of white to chose from Awlgrip. I noted that your mast is painted Matterhorn White. Is your deck also the same colour (except for the non-skid of course). Since I do not have a preference for which shade of white, it would be good to follow in Morganscloud’s footsteps!

    • John Sep 3, 2019, 8:54 am

      Hi Ee Kiat,

      Yes, all the white on the boat is Matterhorn.

  • Ee Kiat Goh Sep 3, 2019, 9:18 am

    Thank you John.

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