|Newly-married, our daughter Michelle and new son-in-law Kevin Agee.|
|Ready for preparation for paint.|
|First coat was a high-build epoxy primer, to give an easily-sanded layer to form the foundation for a good finish.|
|Next came a white primer. This was needed to cover the grey epoxy, which can cause blotchy problems with finish coats.|
|A coat of high-build epoxy primer also went onto the vertical surfaces of the cockpit because these will be gloss white. The horizontal areas will be beige non-skid, so a perfectly smooth surface was not needed.|
|Completed hull painting, with yellow hull and white transom|
|The varnished rub-rails laminated from cedar and poplar set off the hull nicely. The holes through the hull sides are to drain the leeward side seats if any spray comes aboard when sailing in lumpy and breezy conditions.|
The new boat made its first public appearance by doing bar service at the wedding. It worked as a giant cooler, holding beers and soft drinks on ice for the wedding guests.
The other work that has been going on is building the spars. I am doing that work, having decided to make wooden spars using the birdsmouth method. In keeping with the varnished woodwork on the hull, I have made the mast and boom from alternating strips of cedar and poplar. I won't go into the details of building the spars in this post but will do that in later posts on my Boatbuilding Tips Blog. The Argie 15 plans show the mast in two sections, so that the rig can be stowed inside the hull. I could have made the mast in one length by scarphing the strakes into long lengths but elected to stay with the two-part mast. This allowed me to work with lengths that fit more comfortably inside a single garage.
|Gluing a mast section using the bidsmouth method.|
|Mast sections and boom shaped and being epoxy-coated. The one closest to the camera is the boom, the other two being the two sections of the mast. The long mast higher up in the garage is my Paper Jet mast, built by a similar method.|
Launch day is approaching. The sails have been made and hardware will soon start going onto the deck and rig.