The drum poses particular challenges in choosing the colors of the metallic so I've decided to work the body I the ship first.
Fortunately I have two pictures to reference: the original design picture and a picture in Audrey Francini's EGA one women show booklet. Unfortunately, both are on different color backgrounds. The original is on white and Audrey's on blue, while mine is on black.
The design calls for working the ship with regular gold. I've chosen the black because gold pops on the black but I don't want the ship to be all bling. The ship is worked in #4 gold so I do have a choices. I've chosen the darker of the brown golds.
When I first started working it, I hose a couching stitch color that matched the metallic perfectly. I quickly decided that there wasn't enough contrast ambit didn't look boat like enough ( see picture above). My solution was to use black couching stitches.
Final picture of the bow: