Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

Building a Glued Lapstrake Rangeley Lake Boat

Page 16: Painting the exterior

The forward edge
The forward edge

Last week we sanded the hull down and applied the second undercoat. This morning we sanded her down once again, and dusted her off in preparation for the first coat of enamel. We sprayed the Z-Spar #100 gloss white, mixed with a fast evaporating thinner in hopes that it will be hard enough to sand one last time on Wednesday. Better have sunglasses when you take her out in the sunlight.

This is the first time we get to see how fair things really are. With a non-reflective surface it is very hard to determine what is fair, and with a gloss finish it "all hangs out". She is looking great, and we took a photo of the bow so you can really see just how fine the entrance is. With her long, hollow waterlines and a flat but narrow bottom she's a beaut.

View of the forward quarter with one coat of the blue
View of the forward quarter with one coat of the blue

At the boat shows people sometimes say our boats are too pretty to use. Our response is that unlike boats built (extruded, sprayed into a mold, pop-riveted, etc.) from other materials, wooden boats age gracefully. A ding in the varnish turns dark, and the crisp edges soften a bit with wear, but these are indications that the boat gets used and enjoyed. We take that as the greatest possible compliment.

The first coat of blue on the sheerstrake
The first coat of blue on the sheerstrake

The white painting is completed, and we have brushed on the first coat of the blue enamel on the sheerstrake.

When dry, we'll scuff it and apply the second coat. It might take three to cover well. After that, we'll need to touch up the varnish on the gunwales, and probably one more coat on the decks.




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