The Plyak has a had a couple of coats of gloss external finish (PU), and it looks pretty ok already. A third coat should really do the trick. I don’t think I can paint the hull for a while. I want to use an oil-based enamel that dries very hard, but it is too cold for it now.
Unfortunately, not much is happening on the PocketShip. The Hoop Pine for the mast has been ordered, and I will be picking through some Celery Top this week (bow-sprit, boom and gaff). I am sure that I will find some suitable lengths (straight, clean and light) for laminating. I prefer laminated spars, because they are stronger and “dimensional stable” – they don’t warp. Due the additional strength they can be made a little bit slimmer to offset the slight weight increase caused by all the glue.
Other than that, I am annotating the PocketShip construction manual. There are many things that can make things easier, if done at the right time. The PocketShip forum is a great source of information from many of the other builders.