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FINESSE has been involved in an ongoing customization project to optimize her for offshoring racing. Working with the owners Newt Merrill and Joe Barr has been nothing short of fantastic. A couple years ago this boat had the misfortune of running into some good solid Maine granite. With the boat out of the water for a good part of the summer and the rest of the winter, it provided us an opportunity to really redo the interior while also improving the structural integrity of the hull. We removed and reattached the keel after extensive fiberglass work to reinforce around the keel bolts and longitudinal stringers. After the bulk of the fiberglass work was done, FINESSE was to undergo extensive upgrades to her soles and storage lockers and we provided additional crew accommodations while keeping her lightweight. At the end of the project Finesse had a "Lyman-Morse" engraved electrical panel and we now consider this J42 one of our own!