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Old 07-09-2016, 11:59 AM   #1
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New FB Wood

Greetings all,

One of this years projects was to address the cap and railing on the FB. The decision to replace rather than refinish was made based on the condition, ie: #of abandoned penetrations, uneven weathering and silicone contamination. The boat came w/o a windscreen and the unused dado channel was an excellent water/dirt collector.

One of my primary goals with all of the boats woodwork is to (where possible) attach it in such away that allows removal and re-coating back in the shop. With that in mind, the cap is screwed from underneath and tongue of the side rails are captured with a carriage bolt. Home made 316 washers distribute the load on the surface and butyl tape seals the penetrations.

The curved section under the short stanchion provided the opportunity to attempt steam bending. I extended the bull nose past the edge of the FG to hide sanding scratches from a PO.

The wood is qtr sawn Afrormosia. I'll continue to use spar varnish over epoxy until I find a better method....or cry Uncle!
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Old 07-09-2016, 12:25 PM   #2
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Looks very nice Eric. I am impressed by both the skill and the amount of work involved.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:27 PM   #3
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Nice! Nice work!

I've used the varnish over epoxy as well. I'd opine, 'with varied success' due to the annoyance of subsequent repair. How do you feel about it, other than the outstanding appearance?
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Very pretty wood.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:45 PM   #5
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Eric, that looks very good. Nicely done.


On an unrelated topic, is that your boat on "B" dock at the Port docks?
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:20 PM   #6
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I looked that wood up and it sounds like a good alternative to teak. Its very stable and doesn't go gray when weathered, less expensive. Looks good!
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Beautiful wood ,especially the quarter sawn . Beautiful durable finish . Nice neat job .
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for the nice comments guys.

DHeckrotte: I've really admired your handy work as well. So far so good with this method. I've experienced only two very small "failures" in the finish that has been out in the weather 24/7 for 12 months. One was a a small fissure extending from a stanchion screw hole (not enough butyl tape around that screw) and one from a bait casting 14 year old that I didn't catch before winter. I chamfered both locations, masked, filled w/tinted S3 Gel Magic epoxy and top coated with spar varnish after a week. Time will tell.

Marty: Your work on William has set a high water mark for the rest of us to strive for! I've really enjoyed following those projects.

Mike: I wish we were your dock mates but the waiting list for 50'covered slips there was lengthy before we arranged moorage at the PBB.
We just returned from an over night run to Port Kelly. I thought of you and you're recent run through "the gap". The wind came up around midnight and was holding us broadside to the 2'-3' rollers that were making it past the breakwater. At 1:00 A.M. I ended up using the dink still on the davits to pull the boat around to deploy a stern anchor to keep us headed into the waves. Worked well....but the anchor will remain nameless!
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