I finally got a couple of strong backs over to help me get the boat off the trailer and flip it for bottom paint. My nephew and one of my brothers. This gets me wondering how she's going to float on her side and how much ballast I'll really need. I kept the slot and hatches as narrow as I thought was comfotably workable. 16" seems to work out okay. The coolers will pass through as well as my butt and waist. No real trouble to work the shoulders in and out either, and I'm well supported stepping the mast or just standing up at the helm.
And the rest of the way over. Next step is to get the shiny off of the epoxy to the paint will stick. This turned into a real chore because of all of the subtle dimples in the surface.
So there's the blank. Time to start marking out the taper and shaving. Mean while I got the primer then 3 coats of color on the bottom. Came out all right. This is oil primer and latex semigloss. I'll leave it upside down for 3 weeks to let the paint get hard before I flip it back.
I can finally see how much board I'll have in the water. Can't send it all the way down on the trailer. I think she'll go to windward just fine and tack on a dime.
Then I got the mast all shaped up.
This is the top of the mast.
This is the butt end. well rounded so there's no sharp edge bearing no matter ho I end up turning it.