Spring 2018

Winter brought a halt to boat building. There was only one job small enough for the basement – painting the rudder.

Rudder paint

I was hoping that Spring Break would bring temperatures warm enough to start painting. It didn’t. But it was a blessing in disguise. What the boat really needed was a week of sanding and filling.

I finished sanding the spars and oars, and planed the mast to a gradual taper, shaving off 4 pounds.

mast work

The weather eventually improve and I sanded outside.


I’m doing small scary tasks that can’t be put off any longer. I drilled the holes for mounting the rudder.


I finally decided that I had reached a point where the interior was smooth and lump-free enough. Time to say good-bye to the wood.

paint 1

paint 2

The to-do list is getting smaller.




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