Steve’s Boat Building An amateur’s attempt to build a strip plank dinghy

Finishing the exterior

Finally, after glass and epoxy, peel ply, two more coats of epoxy, two coats of Epifanes two-pack polyurethane varnish, and seven coats of monourethane, the outside of the hull is nearly finished! It lacks an outwale , but I used masking tape to keep the varnish off the epoxy along the shear line, so that should not be a problem. There will be one final coat of varnish over the entire outer surfaces when the outwale and deck have been fitted.

I have been slacking with my website updates, and so the photo below reflects the state of play on 4th April 2018

Up, up and away!

A small problem now presented itself. The boat is the wrong way up, so, as I work alone, I had to invent a lifting mechanism. A couple of very cheap six to one pulley systems from a local DIY shop, and a £12 winch from Amazon, all attached to a suitable frame did the job. A useful spin-off of my system is that I can raise, lower and rotate it at will, and I can lock it in any position, so it simplifies work on the inside of the boat. There is a photo of the “crane” on the next page, as well as a couple of pictures of the boat in various positions.