A lot of team work in the shop this week to install a new bottom on the 1955 Continental. During this process, Nicolas’s job was to apply the caulk evenly to the back of the bottom planks prior to installation. Shane drilled holes, which Jack filled with new screws. Then Nicolas crawled underneath the boat to hold the intermediates to provide a non-structural frame while Jack and Shane permanently affixed the new bottom boards. In addition to taking the lead on this process, Jack also bunged the transom, applied penetrating epoxy to the underside of every bottom plank, and made minor repairs on bottom planks that were able to be reused but had small cracks. This was all part of the preparation for installing the new bottom. He also began heat gunning and scraping the varnish off the side planks to get those ready for refinishing.
Nicolas continued epoxy fixes and minor repairs on the International 12 and started drilling bungs. He made the large ones and started on the small ones, so they will total forty bungs on each side when complete and installed. Shane scraped and began varnishing the knees and breast hook.
Nicolas installed the last piece of covering board on the transom of the 18’ Continental. The towel you see is moistened and placed over the water-curing caulk to hasten cure time. Gary worked on the seating boards, fixing them up and giving them a fresh coat of paint.
Shane continued varnishing the interior of the Skerry, as well as the spars, the tiller, the rudder, and the centerboard.
Shane installed the throttle box onto the Pelican and completed all the wiring, so it’s ready to be connected to the batteries. He also continued varnish and paint touch-ups for the Piglet and the Budsin.
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