West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Third Annual Greenland Rolling Demo (2007)

Pictures From The Boat Shop

ThwartDrainplugI finally finished brushing six coats of varnish on the seats, gunwales, and centerboard trunk of my Joel White Pooduck Skiff.  Looking back on it now, it took me over two months!  That's because I sanded between coats in every little nook and cranny in those seats.  Like I said back in August, if I had the chance to do it over again, I would probably forget all about painting and varnishing and just rub Boat Sauce over the entire boat.  It would be a lot faster and easier, and I'd probably be done by now.

On the other hand, nothing compares to a nicely varnished smooth glossy wooden surface.  You can look into it and it has depth.  The hull panels are still unfinished.  The next step is to paint the interior.  Before I can do that I had to finish up a few details in the interior: a drain plug and the mast step.

The drain plug is not really necessary but is a neat little detail.  It keeps rainwater from collecting if the boat is left outside uncovered. Apparently it was also traditional to put salt in wooden boats to prevent rot, since it is the fresh rainwater that promotes rot, not saltwater.  Note how the plug is neatly sunk so it sits flush with the bottom panel.Mastpartner

The mast step is a block of Honduran mahogany with a hole in the middle for bottom end of the mast.  It is epoxied and screwed into the bottom panel from the outside.  I also carved in a little groove to allow water to drain from the mast step hole.  How's that for attention to detail? 

MaststepThe seats and centerboard trunk were only temporarily installed today to drill the holes for the screws that will hold the trunk in place.  Everything will be removed again before I begin painting the interior.  The centerboard still needs to be installed in the trunk before the trunk can be installed in the boat anyway.  The last pic is the centerboard after painting it red.Redcenterboard


ah g!

what a pretty centerboard!

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