More Dinghy Progress

Little steps that are nevertheless important get me closer to actually looking like I’ve made real progress. Real progress looks like new paint and varnish, rubrails covered with firehose, etc. But measuring by that standard is a false rule. Important work goes into surface preparation, without which paint won’t stick very long. It also involves this very small step of redrilling holes underneath the rubrail for 1/4″ cord to pass through and bind on the firehose. Sealing the holes with epoxy isn’t a very visible step either, but it’s critical to preventing rot beneath the often wet firehose. So those are the small but important steps that have compassed my efforts recently. A few not-very-impressive photos will illustrate:

New epoxy washed and sanded again.

New epoxy washed and sanded again.

I've sanded out must of the drips and runs of epoxy that slide down the topsides too.  Just a very few runs to sand out remain.

I’ve sanded out must of the drips and runs of epoxy that slide down the topsides too. Just a very few runs to sand out remain.

See the holes across the top of the transom for the firehose binding cored?

See the holes across the top of the transom for the firehose binding cord?

Holes visible in the bow transom

Holes visible in the bow transom, and outlining the gunnels.

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2 comments
  1. It’s great to see you are doing it properly! So many people rush through and get a terrible looking dingy in 2 years.
    Keep up the great work!
    Marty

    • Thanks Marty. I’ve hurried through dinghy repairs in the past – enough to know that not doing it right always means more extensive repairs in the future.

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