Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Topside Paint 1 - "Matterhorn White"

Let's see if you can tell the difference between the primer (white-ish) and the topside paint (white-ish).  I am getting a bit tired of sanding all these nooks & crannies in between coats of primer or topside paint.  But it's looking more and more finished!  There is one other topside paint we'd like to try ("Off-White") and I'll see if I can post something that shows the difference.



Sand and Varnish. Sand and Varnish.

The mast, boom and gaffe are called 'spars,' and they're part of what constitutes the brightwork in our boat.  Epoxy seals them to water, but epoxy breaks down when exposed to UV light.  So that's why we varnish after we've sealed them.  The spars now have about 4 coats of varnish on them, having been sanded in between coats.  It's tough work for a perfectionist, I say.  We did the same thing for the keel piece.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bottom Paint.

What's kind of cool lately is that we're working on what I might call the 'outer shell of the onion'.  Parts that won't have any more sanding, or any other coating on top of them.  The varnished brightwork is one of those; bottom paint is another.  By the same token, that makes it frightening if you're a perfectionist, because suddenly the excuse of "well, this will get covered up later anyway" is no longer valid!

Although the bottom of the hull is already sealed, bottom paint is important because it prevents algae and other organisms from sticking to the hull and degrading it over time.  The particular bottom paint that my Dad found is water-based and ablative, meaning it gradually sloughs off into the water over time, but doesn't have any nasty solvents in it.

The blue part is the bottom paint and follows the design water line except at the bow and stern, where it follows the curve of the chine (and so, will be somewhat out of the water).

Friday, June 30, 2017

Priming and Varnishing.

The end may not be in sight, actually, but it is fathomable -- the official launching (better to call it a "floating") party will be August 12!  That leaves about 5 weeks to get the outside painted.

Painting a boat is, naturally, not a simple matter.  First the hull is sealed with three coats of epoxy (this was done, oh, about five years ago -- ack!).  Then three coats of primer (four years ago).  Then three coats of barrier paint (shown below, gray).  Then we'll be ready for the bottom paint.

Then comes the varnishing of "bright work," which means the wood parts we're going to leave unpainted.  A lot of time went into the brightwork; getting nice wood, some from the property (mostly fir and some cedar), sanding, sealing with epoxy, sanding and then varnish to protect from UV (which would break down the epoxy and let water in).

My Dad made these beautiful hatch frame pieces from fir while I was finishing up the school year and getting moved.

The rudder

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Of Bowsprit and Mast.

While I was in Colombia, my Dad cut some nice fir from the property, shaped it, sealed it and varnished it. Here it is bolted (loosely) to the bow. Isn't it amazing looking?

He also bought a really nice, long piece of spruce for the mast -- 18 feet!  Now we begin the process of shaping it, tapering it and making it round. 

The Beauty of Neat Epoxy.

This is sort of a catch-up post, from mid July, when I finished shaping and finishing the rudder and centerboard. Beautiful, especially with the different layers of plywood showing.