Friday, March 28, 2014

Wishful Thinking

Not much boat building activity to report as we are on the West Coast attending memorial services for my cousin. Before leaving town I applied the first three coats of varnish to the boomkin. Work on the boomkin will continue next week. The hardware for the mizzen boom and the boomkin should arrive mid-week so I can get that installed and be done with those two spars. I am hopeful that the predicted warmer temperatures will have done away with much of the snow this weekend... wishful thinking, I know.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mizzen Boom Revisited

Not quite done… The pad-eyes installed on the boom are too large and there aren't enough of them…

Using the Rigging page from Joel's Navigator Site, I've redone my hardware list and will be ordering new bits and pieces.

Since the correct pad-eyes are smaller, the fasteners will have to be redone. True, only one hole per each oversized pad-eye will have to be refilled. But new holes will need drilling/filling/redrilling - and then repainting…

I need to remember that nothing is ever really "done" on a wooden boat project.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mizzen Boom

The mizzen boom is (finally) done: varnished, painted and hardware installed.

Rustoleum products were used:
  • Spar Varnish
  • Marine Wood and Fiberglass Primer
  • Marine Topside Paint
All were applied using 1" foam brushes, bought in bulk for about 18¢ per brush.

I used yellow Frog Tape and was both surprised and pleased with the crisp edge of the white paint.