Priming, Hull Paint, Waterline, Keel, Stem Post, Stern Post
I learned a lot about painting. Actually I remembered most of it from the past, but it came rushing back while painting the hull.
I suck at painting.
Spray, brush, you name it, I am no good at it. So here goes...
I felt that I did an OK job getting the hull ready to paint. I figured after a coat of primer I'd notice a few spots to fix. Let me tell you, painting the hull showed me how wrong I was. My hull has many more imperfections than I would like to admit to. I'm letting many of them go since they will not be visible on display, but they are there!
I did a couple of primer coats using a white spray primer.
You may have noticed that I forgot a step. I need to refer to that manual more often. I should have installed the keel, stem post, and stern post first. To get there, I needed to take care of my display needs.
I purchased the optional stanchions and display board. Both are exceptional. I knew the keel would need to be removed where the stanchions are located. They recommend and send 3 stanchions for the Portland, but I want to try only 2. My thought is I could set it up for 2 and add the third later if needed.
I pulled out the display board and decided how I wanted the boat to sit on it. I drilled holes for the stanchions.
I used my string to find the center of the hull. I set the boat on the stanchions where I wanted it to sit, lining up the center as close as possible. I then pushed a screw up through the stanchion to mark where the hole would need to be drilled in the hull. I drilled that 1 hole on the center line, and mounted it to the base. I aligned the 2nd hole, and marked it with the tip of a screw through the stanchion. I unscrewed the hull, adjusted the 2nd mark to the center line, and drilled the 2nd hole.
I remounted it all to see the results. Check out that display board. It is really top notch.
I'm sorry I didn't take any photos bending the wood around the bow, but I followed the manual and here's what I ended up with. Using the plans, I tried to have this part meet the keel where the thickness changes. I don't remember the exact measurements, but the keel is the same thickness until it approaches the bow, where it thins out a bit.
I knew the keel would need to be cut out for the stanchions, so I added the first piece.
I added the keel between the 2 stanchion holes, and the keel post.
Using a sanding block, I sanded this area so the keel smoothly rounded the bow. I left the bow part thicker than the plans show. I may need to resand it later, but I wanted a bit if insurance just in case. You can see the final product below:
I used calipers to measure where the waterline is on both ends of the boat and marked the hull at those locations.
I needed a flat area to do this work, so I used the kitchen island. I liked John's use of a large mirror, but if you saw me you would understand why there are no large mirrors at my house.
Using my highly professional Norm-O-Matic waterline marker, version 2.0, I lined my pencil to the mark on the bow.
The pencil did not align at the stern.
I added the necessary shim to raise the stern to the correct height.
That did it.
The next step was to make sure the port and starboard heights were the same. I used the square and made necessary adjustments. I went by the deck height. It worked out alright.
I drew the line around the hull. Be careful around the sponsons. It felt tricky.
If I took a photo of both sides of the boat, the waterline looks "off" a bit. But I think it's because of how I built the sponsons. Not really noticeable, but it's there.
I think the first place I heard about Tamiya tape was on Dan's Portland page. Then John mentioned it also. So, I decided to buy some from Amazon. Worth every penny! I don't know how others do the waterline thing, but my thought was to use the tape to cover the line I drew, then mark the line again for cutting. It turns out that the Tamiya tape is kind of see through!
So, using a fresh X-Acto blade, I carefully trimmed the tape at the marked waterline.
I do not have a photo, but I added a 2nd layer of tape below the first so I wouldn't have any slip ups. So here's the first coat of red, hand painted with the paint I got from BlueJacket. Another plug for them. It is really nice paint.
A bit of sanding and a 2nd coat.
More sanding, a third coat, and remove the tape! I have a touch up or two to take care of, but in display mode, I'm accepting my work as it appears.
Thanks as always!