Q&A: Why Is Morgan’s Cloud’s Hull Painted?

Question: You call painting an aluminum hull a mug’s game yet you painted your hull?

Answer: The problem is that Morgan’s Cloud was built before computerized plate cutting and bending and like all boats of the time has a lot of fairing compound on her to cover small dips and hollows induced in the plate fitting process. To have her unpainted we would have to blast all the fairing compound off. There would be no structural problem in doing this; it’s just that the combination of Jim McCurdy’s lines and her builders’ execution are so aesthetically pleasing that we can’t bring ourselves to take this drastic step.

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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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