|Here she is finished out at the end of the summer- well, not exactly finished. There's a lot of fine touches left to be done- sanding, varnishing... painting.
I've had her out a couple of times (I still haven't named her)- paddling this boat is really fun. First of all, you've got two eight foot oars, traditionally wrapped in leathers, powering you along- you can really get jamming on this thing. Secondly, wooden boats are just style masters out on the water; the thing attracts all kinds of attention. And finally, it's stupidly satisfying to pull through the water in something you made with your own two hands (shapers in the house... am I speaking your language here?).
I've known that I'd eventually have to attend to the remaining chores of the build- but I was having so much fun paddling her around that I kept putting off those duties. The most important task was protecting the epoxy and fiberglass skin from the sun's UV rays. Epoxy is broken down by UV so it's important to either varnish or paint the boat. My plan was to keep the outside in it's natural wood state- chicks were just digging it too much to cover it up with paint. But, since the boat was meant to be used and not just stared at I decided that I'd paint the inside of the boat to cover up scuff marks from oars, anchors and beer cans. So that's what I started working on today.
|Somebody thinks they're funny...
|Pricey stuff... but worth it for my girl.
|I'm seeing a lot of brushwork and contorted body positions in my future.