September 6, 2018

Dory 16

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To complete the refinishing part of the project, after the hull paint had cured a couple days I continued with some green bottom paint–chosen  because I had it on hand, not necessarily because it matched the color of the interior trim (though it did closely match, as it happened).

To round out the interior, I painted the flat surfaces of the deck with a cream-colored nonskid paint.  Originally I’d planned to cut this in closely to the sides and other framing members, but in practice I quickly discovered that the thick brush I had was not adaptable to this sort of detail, nor was the roughness of the bottom planking and other surfaces.  Instead, I ultimately chose to paint up to about 1/2″ of the structure all around, leaving a band of the overlapping green paint in all areas.  There was no way I was going to mask around all the members for this project; frankly, it wasn’t worth the time.  While my freehand lines were imperfect, so too was the whole boat, and the net effect was what I wanted.

Overall, I thought the boat looked good, and a whole lot nicer than the original boat.  I was pleased with the transformation, and thought it represented a reasonable blend of practicality and good looks.

Total time on this job today:  1.5 hours