September 6, 2018
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