Week Eleven – Monday

Ice breaker on Picton Bay

Ice breaker on Picton Bay

Spring arrived five days ago but looking out over Picton Bay it still looks like we are in the depths of winter. The boat is at least six weeks away from completion so hopefully by then we won’t require the services of the ice breaker when we launch her.

First coat of primer being applied

First coat of primer being applied

After spending the morning going over the hull once more with the random orbital sanders and a detail sander in the tighter spots, we opened up the paint can and applied the first coat of primer. We used a roller to apply the paint and then tipped it off with a brush. We’ll apply a second coat tomorrow and the first finish coat on Wednesday.

We had some visitors from Chaffey’s Locks north of Kingston today. They were very excited to see our boat and we had a long talk discussing all aspects of the project including budget, lumber sources, setup and finishing details. I don’t think we will be the one and only St. Ayles skiff in Canada much longer.

10 thoughts on “Week Eleven – Monday

  1. WOW! looking good guys! With 6 weeks of work left I might yet have a chance to wet a paintbrush! Home in about 17 days. Getting really homesick. 3 months away is toooo long. I’m even envious seeing the icebreaker still on the Bay.


  2. Looking good!!
    We’re amazed at your progress and envious too, as we still haven’t come up with a viable place to build here in Ottawa. But you’re right about not being the only one in Canada for much longer – some way, some how, we’re determined to have one on the water next spring.
    We’re enjoying each new post – keep ’em coming!

    Sarah & Wes

  3. CHris

    Looking really good – can I ask what paint process you decided to use? We are now about to hang plank 5’s and will follow your exemple and prepare and paint whilst still on the moulds. But we are undecided what paint system to use. Any advice please?

    • Hi David,

      Your build is also looking really good. I see that you also had to fabricate more clamps.

      Painting the boat while it is still upside down is definitely much easier especially with the lapstrake planking. After the hull was sanded, we applied two coats of Interlux Pre-Kote primer with a light sanding between coats using180 grit and Scotch Brite pads along the plank edges so we didn’t cut through the paint. The finish coats are Interlux Brightside Single Part Polyurethane. We have only applied the first coat, second coat will go on Monday. You do have to be very attentive to the plank edges at the stems. The paint pools along the the plank edge and flows toward the stems and then runs down where the edge disappears at the gain. This can take quite a while to happen so best to keep checking and take a brush to remove the excess paint before it runs. We kept it to one run that happened after we had left the shop almost 3/4 hours after painting.

      I have used this paint on several boats and have had excellent results. I was a little disappointed this time however because the paint has not levelled out as smoothly as my previous experiences. I think the problem is related to temperature, the shop is about 60F not 70-75F temperature. We’ll get the temperature up a bit for the last coat. Also the lighting in the shop is very bright and harsh showing up the slightest imperfections. Once the boat is upright our overly critical eyes will be drawn to another detail on the boat and the paint imperfections will be forgotten.

      We are currently looking into the different oar and oarlock systems. A decision has to be made soon before we start the gunnels.

      Hope this has ben of some help.

      Cheers, Chris

      • Thanks Chris for coming back so quickly – that’s just the info I was seeking. I will pass on to the team.

        Yes, we, too, still have to decide on the oarlock system to adopt. I know that the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association has quite a lot to say about oars – have a look at http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/oars/

        Good to keep in touch.


        David R-J

      • David,

        We are in a unique position over here regarding oars and oarlocks. Being the first boat in this country we feel that we can set the standard for here. As much as we like the look of the traditional long oars and either kabes or pins, after we built our first oar, to the Anstruther design, and discovering how heavy it is, we started looking at other systems. Our feeling is that we do not want to discourage participants from rowing these beautiful boats and by using a lighter, shorter oar in combination with an efficient, easy-to-use oarlock is probably the way would like to go. We will be having this discussion next week with our group, looking at four possible systems, and hopefully come to a decision.

        Will keep you informed.


      • Hi David,

        Just a followup on the painting. We got the shop temperature up to about 70F and the paint went on better. It levelled out making a much smoother finish with no brush strokes. Still had to pay special attention for sags and drips but because the paint set up faster it wasn’t as much a problem as the first coat.

        Good luck with your painting,


      • Thanks for the info Chris – what a fab finish! Obviously temperature is critical to get the paint to flow OK, and the results prove it! Have you attempted to lift the boat off yet moulds just to check that it is competely free – I wonder how easy it will be to free it from the moulds otherwise?


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