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 17: Paint and Varnish Completed

Final coat of varnish on the little bits
Final coat of varnish on the little bits

We were going to have page title read "Finishing completed", but that looked weird, and sounded even worse.

Friday we brushed on the sixth and final coat of varnish. The varnish looks great, and after a few days for the finish to get hard enough to screw down, we’ll put all the parts back together one last time.

The oars also have their sixth coats, and a snazzy Boat Works logo decal, to boot. Once they harden up a bit we’ll sew on the leathers.

Stern Sheets Detail
Stern Sheets Detail

Today we gathered all the bits and pieces that were scattered about and fastened them in place. We fastened the brass half-oval chafe band along the stems and keel, and added the brass flat stock along the bilge runners to protect the bottom planking.

Profile
Profile

We also spliced on the painters at both ends, and whipped the ends to prevent fraying. These will be handy for tying the boat down on the roof rack, as well as tying up alongside a dock or on the beach.

Looking Forward
Looking Forward

We are continuing to have unseasonably warm and dry weather, so we moved her outside the shop for the first time for a chance to really step back and have a look at her. We’re pleased with the lining off of the plank widths, the garboards don't droop, none of the planks get excessively wide at their ends, and the proportions are nice. The canoe-like ends are difficult to line off well, a typical rowboat will diminish in girth toward the stems, but not so on this boat. The lovely high, tumblehome bow and stern require that the planks get wider as they approach the stems, which means the usual guidelines can be thrown out the window.

Looking Aft
Looking Aft

We usually don't put a boat in the water until the customer is here for delivery. In this case, we want to launch her to check the trim with various occupant configurations, verify the oar grip overlap, and get a feel for the boat before we call it finished. I'm planning to put her in the water tomorrow.




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