New Boat Part 12

The last bit of brass half-oval has been bedded and attached to our Penny Fee, the new sailing tender for our Friendship Sloop. Bottom paint has been applied, topsides painted, the boot-top painted, and the outside of the transom has had base coats of varnish.

You can see the brass half oval on the bow in this shot.

Transom has had base coats of varnish, but still needs top coats.

I wanted to point out that many builders would complete the construction of the entire boat before starting the painting. Due to the size of this boat and due to the building schedule, we wanted to minimize the number of times that we had to roll the boat over, therefore we did a thorough painting of the bottom and topsides before rolling the hull. You will notice, however, that we have not painted, or even primed the sheer-strake because that will be easier to work on with the boat right side up, and I want to be able to sight the sheer of the boat in the upright position before we attach the gunwales.

The boot-top.

Unfinished sheer.

All of this has taken a lot of time and energy. At the same time we have begun on the yearly chores that are part of the maintenance schedule for our Friendship sloop. At this time of the year, these chores consist mostly of washing off winter dirt, and prepping surfaces for paint or varnish. There is also the yearly round of checking fire extinguishers, and all the rest of the safety equipment for the boat and the careful inspection of the mechanical systems. This always happens before painting and varnishing because these system checks do not require decent weather.

Anyway, back to the new boat; before we actually roll the hull, a task that will take many hands, we will carefully mark the position of all of the molds on the inside of the hull. In fact, this will be done while the molds are still firmly attached to the builder’s table. The molds are attached to the inside keelson of the boat, but not to the sides. By marking the position of each mold on the inside of the boat at the sheer, we can realign any molds that come adrift in the process of rolling the hull.  There are several reasons for this, one is that we want double check the shape of the hull once it is upright for symmetry and to make sure there is no twist in the hull, and the molds will help with that. Another reason is that as we locate the position of benches, floor timbers, and bulkheads, it will be valuable to have the positions of the molds marked as reference points.

If you would like to read all the posts related to this project together, go to the category at the right called “Penny Fee” and click on it. It will pull all the posts on the penny fee onto one page for you.


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2 Responses to “New Boat Part 12”

  1. John McBratney Says:

    Great description of building Penny Fee. I am about to embark on building 10″6ft Sunshine tender for my 42ft ketch moored in the Derwent River, Tasmania. Your posts will held me a lot. As a matter of interest, what design is Penny Fee, I did not see that mentioned in the text. Fair Wnds and Following Seas .

    • dovetails Says:

      She is a Iain Oughtred design, but you would have to go back to the first posts about the “new boat” in order to find that out. I just had a friend here who was speaking glowingly of Tasmania. He is originally from OZ, but works in Afghanistan now. I think he would like to go home and then visit Tasmania again…

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