The first coat of Primer going on. The client wanted the paint to match the mother ship which I built for him in 2013. The white underside should help in reducing the effect of the sun heating the boat up and drying out the planking, if and when she is stored upside down.
We decided to put fairly hefty bilge runners on bottom as the boat will no doubt be dragged up and down a lot of beaches and slipways. I made the bilge runners into hand holds that can be used for moving the boat about, strapping her down to a bigger boat or if you do capsize her some how you’ll have something to keep a hold of to get her right side up.
The oars just fit diagonally in the boat and when both of them are in there the lock in place so they won’t fall out when she’s being towed or left on the mooring. The oars have traditional leathers and Turk’s Head Knots for the buttons.
Here she is on launch day, I think it was the first dry calm day that I’ve launched a boat in the last 7 years. You can see in the photo above that she sits upright and clear of any stray stones when out of the water. And she floats in just a couple of inches so you can get right up a beach without having to get out into the water.
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