a lot of work per mile,
however there's a satisfaction
that a part of history is kept alive,
be it style or techniques.
and this little whaler is getting it's share of sweat equity.
The kids will either embrace it or think I'm crazy!
when the robot parts have the power to accumulate on their own and assemble themselves.
Many times I feel there's a strange coincidence
on how parts are found that are meant to be together.
It nurtures a sentimental value in a thing.
the wood seat pieces were thrashed from sun and neglect.
One day the kids and I happened on a going out of business sale.
A cancer-stricken woodworker - Quimby Carpentery,
(which happens to be our street name)
had the exact mahogany needed for super cheap.
It was really meant to be.
the others had to be refinished.
New boats like new cars are simple,
lots of gel coated fiberglass, plastic and stainless.
Easy hose-off maintenance.
this is called brightwork.
If ancient forests and habitats were pilfered,
then it deserves our respect.
You'll no doubt see a future project from the replaced seat.
and some old school varnishing.
each with their own tried and tested methods.
This made the decision of varnish vs polyurethane,
and all the different brands and mixes easy.
Dang this stuff is pricey!!
A DA with 80 grit ripped off the old varnish,
and cheap 3" rollers were used to roll on the gold.
Man the smell brought back memories.
the technique for a smooth lay is difficult to master.
I had to try rolling and super happy I did.
Everything about this project was rushed.
In one hot day I applied 3 thinned coats,
only giving enough time to get tacky,
no sanding inbetween.
In addition the tops were double coated each time.
A sure recipe for failure.
Captain Cecil would be rolling in his grave!
the resins had dried up enough to assemble,
and the sheen was almost perfect,
except for the typical flies.
I should have stained the bleached out hatch cover,
and yeah painted the hull interior!
Later on I'll add a couple more varnish coats to fill in the grains,
but for now the wood seems fully encapsulated.
We just want to get it back in the water!
I tried to get rid of that old man rattlecan.
didn't want to waste that scrap!