I'm going to blast through this with a few pix and comments and jump to the conclusion because...
PUFFIN IS FINISHED!!
Well...as finished as any wooden boat ever will be. There's still stuff to do and I'm sure I will make modifications to what I've done so far once I get to sailing her. But...the hull is built, the rig has been rug, and she is ready to go get wet!
But...how did we get from my last substantial post, to where we are today? OK.
So I had just finished installing the decks. Then I got side tracked by making Joel Bergen's lovely wooden blocks. And then I got further side-tracked by learning how to splice rope. All of that was just a diversion from facing the fact that I would eventually have to put the dreaded coamings on. It turned out to be not so bad.
|Here you can see the final shaping of the transom coaming to match the curvature of the transom.|
|Testing out the positioning of the oar locks.|
|Blank basswood board on the Courtyard bed coverlet! 😝|
|Name sketched out|
|Bas Relief carving. Lots more work to go on this piece. It's as far as I've gotten...|
Almost done now. In keeping with the "Puffin" moniker, the outer hull is painted black and white. The rub rails are finished bright. I chose Grand Banks Beige for the deck and coaming. I think it looks very traditional and elegant.
A few finishing details and we're almost ready for launch.
|Carved brazilian cherry horn cleats are a nice contrast to the deck.|
|Port side jib sheet comes through the coaming into a cam cleat. Oar locks mounted. Laid decks oiled with teak oil...even though it's really just white oak.|
|General view of the inside of the boat. I think it looks nice with the bright white paint, oiled decks and beige coamings.|