The hull is now varnished. Not to factory standards by far, but waterproof and fine for me.
One coat of Poyester is more than glossy for the time being and to find out if this boat is good for sailing and racing.
Only the fittings need to be re-installed and the inner-edges to be filled and she’ll be ready.
Next post will be about how it is on the water!
Removed all the fittings and gave the deck it’s last layer of epoxy.
Weirdly the “varnish” doesn’t seem to cover the surface uniformly. The new wood is fine but in the areas of the old wood where nails were hammered the varnish seems to be repelled.
I’ll now gently sand the hull once more and will apply the UV-proof polyester varnish just after cleaning it with some white spirit. Let’s hope for a better result.
Approaching the expensive phase of the game: fitting blocks, pintles & gudgeons, eyelets and straps.
Still not just there yet, the sanding, gluing and painting continues.
The hull had it’s first clear coat of epoxy.
Turned it over and sanded the deck. The centerboard slot needed a proper shave with the router.
A new standard rudder rudder stock was glued, but I am not at all pleased with it. Though well made and new it’s one concern less on the water, it looks outdated and just wrong. The clumsy block of wood will need a replacement later on and I think to have found a lovely rudder design on an Imperial Moth to copy.
Rudder and center blade parts will look black, and white when the boat should occasionally be the wrong way up in the water.
Yes the centerboard fell on the floor making a nasty dent in the sharp rear end. Bummer, will have to make that better.
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