Construction - VII
Progress Report - Jan. to Mar. 2001
We survived El Niño, we survived La Niña, and so this winter was supposed to be
"normal", meaning colder than the last few
years. Since painting in temperatures above 50° was
foremost on my mind, it seemed that many weeks passed
where I could not do anything. But by stealing a warm day
here and there, the painting progressed.
It isn't easy being green
I wanted a combination of light grey and green colors
on the deck. Problem was, Interlux only has one green
color and that's a really, really dark green. Taking
advantage of our Internet community, I found from a
fellow in Australia that mixing pigments into paint can
yield a streaky mess, even when stirred thoroughly. So
the lesson was you're better off using the given colors
and mix them together to your own formula. Clearly it
would all be guess work.
After bungling some ideas on a computer, I came up
with the formula: 2 parts Sea Green mixed with 8 parts of
White. So on my kitchen floor I mixed up a quart of the
stuff. Hmm, not bad. A bit more neon-like than I would
have preferred, but maybe it won't be as noticeable on
the water. I commenced painting and finished 3 coats at
the end of February. For non-skid I used the Polymer Non-Skid
sold by Interlux. It worked really well and was easy to
After installing some of the deck hardware and the
mast tube, suddenly it was time for the very exciting
process I like to call...
House Gives Birth to a Boat
As per plan, I hooked up the "skidding" frame to my truck and slowly started
pulling the boat into the sunny spring day. This photo
best describes the green color; the rest of the photos
are a bit washed out. The important bit is the frame held
together and skidded on the concrete admirably.
For the first time, I'm looking at the boat from farther than 2 ft. away. Wow.
The boat is moved forward a bit on the frame to get ready for
the "dry-retrieval" onto the trailer. The
ballast is still not installed, so horsing the boat around is still possible.
Another look near the bow.
The same friend that helped me in the last turn-over
brought his car jack and lifted the bow enough to get the
first trailer bunks under the hull. Then I hooked the
trailer's winch up to the bow eye (just visible near the knuckle), and winched the boat on the
trailer. Initially I had to tip the trailer up a bit, but
the whole process was really easy to do. I love it when a
plan comes together.
Here we are with the boat turned around, on the trailer, with a quick look at the
A future project will be installing guides near
the aft part of the trailer to help position the boat
Now some quick pictures of the interior. This highlights the hatches and portholes
which were installed quite easily. No more gaping holes to look at.
Another view, slightly to starboard.
All hatches and deck hardware were sealed
with a silicon/polyurethane blend called Life-Seal.
A closeup of the porthole. I used acrylic glass for the window, and the frame is made
of 1/4" ply. I would choose something different next time because it couldn't hold up to the bolts. Even with
washers, some of the heads sunk in a bit.
A close up of the bow and the hardware installed to date. There is a bronze padeye
on the other side of the mast tube. Together they will be
part of the boom vang. More visuals to come.
And finally, put to bed.
Now it'll be time to concentrate on the rig, rudder, and deck