Monday, 12 October 2009

painting the pretty 11 footer

Well, the time arrived to turn the boat over and paint her hull. Once turned over my first job was to plane flats on to the bilge runners ready to take the brass rubbing strips. The hull was then given a thorough rub down using first 180 grit and then 240 grit sandpaper.

The hull was painted with two coats of primer, two coats of undercoat, two coats of top coat. The brass bilge runners were cut to size, shaped, drilled and then fastened using silicon bronze screws. The sole boards were throughly sanded and then given several coats of luscious varnol. We then opened up the tent and wheeled the boat out into the sun and turned her over on the trailer. The warm October sun made the varnish sparkle and the paint gleam and all was well in the world of boats.

Needless to say the client is very happy and the boat, well, she is pretty drop dead gorgeous, but then I am biased of course.

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