We’ve finally got the special and reassuringly expensive boat paint! The hull has had it’s first coat of undercoat mixed with top coat courtesy of Frazer, who spent his Sunday afternoon inhaling paint fumes in a confined space and came out looking totally at ease with the world. We have to wait a couple of days before applying the topcoat and seeing the final colour and I can’t wait!
The idea was that we get the underside done so that we can spend more time monkeying around with the new innards without having to worry about flipping her over again. It does mean, however, that we’ll be treating her with kid gloves once she’s right way up to avoid scratches and scrapes.
One of the things we wanted to get out of the way asap was the sand and repaint of the underside. Once this is done we can flip her back over and get cracking with the new buoyancy bulkheads, seats, beer holders and all that good stuff. Taking Puffin off the trailer and flipping her over was not a job for 2 men (however buff and manly those men undoubtedly are) so we roped in some of our club mates who want to row with us on some legs of the journey.
Armed with the raw power of North Berwick’s finest men we flip-reversed the skiff in no time and got her sanded to provide a key for the new paint. The existing colour scheme is ok but we’re going to change it to Bondi Blue with a white trim to evoke the spirit of the Saltire and give a nod to our own club colours. She’ll need a couple of coats but I suspect she’ll look awesome in a short space of time.
After she’s dried it’ll be another flip then the inner paint job which is going to be a lot more time-consuming with lots of nooks and crannies to sand first. We make progress!
The new expedition re-design meant we had to remove the decorative stern and bow pieces in order to make room for the new tiller and Gopro mount. The pieces were carefully sawn off so that they can be returned to their owners or even reattached at a later date. Both pieces had been carefully carved and the puffin head had been imaginatively decorated with a beak full of silicon sand-eels but there’s no room for embellishments when Puffin becomes a sleek expedition vessel!