Hull primed

The hull has its first coat of primer. There will be a second coat of this grey marine primer after a quick sanding with 120#. However, it will take 24 hours before this stuff is ready to sand. Given that the boat will not live in the water, there is no need for any anti-fouling paint.

Ready for paint

After sanding a few little spots here and there, I masked off the transom and the underside of the rub-rails. The paint will cover the edges around the transom and will extend about 5 mm onto the transom.  I will mask off the boot stripe on the transom once the waterline and the boot stripe … Continue reading Ready for paint

Spars, hull

We have the perfect weather today for some "broad acre" epoxy work: sunny, calm, very dry air, around 23º C (~74º F). I don't think that there will be any issue with amine blush. So, I rolled and tipped a coat of epoxy onto the entire lower hull. That was the easy part ... now … Continue reading Spars, hull


My local timber supplier provided me with a beautiful piece of King Billy Pine (Athrotaxis selaginoides) for the gaff. Note that King Billy Pine is not a pine, in the same way that Hoop Pine, Celery Top Pine and Huon Pine aren't pines either. Early settlers decided that anything resembling timber from a pine should be … Continue reading Gaff


After sanding one of the topsides, which took about 2 hours, I rolled on a coat of epoxy to some surfaces of the spars. The colours of the Hoop Pine for the mast, and the Celery Top for the sprit and the boom, have come out beautifully. The difference in colour between the species is … Continue reading Spars