The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.07.29 - Name Plate and what Next?

I didn't get a lot done on Naiad today mainly because I'm not sure what I should do next. More on that in a minute. What I did get done was the name plate. The one that came with the boat as you can see from the photo below is alright but…pedestrian. I needed to take it off so that the transom can be sanded and I don't like those chromed domes that cover the screws mainly because I know that they only come with steel screws which means that I'm unlikely to be able to get them out. Sure enough, having removed the chromed plastic domes all that remained of the screws was rust.

Personally, I don't think the yellow on wood looks particularly good. The yellow is supposed to look like gold I suppose, but it doesn't really stand out. I removed the ends of the name board as the holes were damaged trying to get the rust and remaining screws out and I have real gold leaf paint, so I painted the wood black and the letters gold and you can see the result. I like it and it will stand out a bit more than the original. Now I need to make two more somehow.

So, what to do next. At some point soon I'm going to have to paint the inside of the hull. Just where that point is going to be is the question. If I leave it too long, sanding and painting will be awkward at best and impossible at worst. If, on the other hand, I paint too soon, then I may end up sanding lots of it back to the hull in order to glue something and then have to repaint it afterwards.

So, I have to work out pretty much what I'm going to do in the inside well before I do it to try and work out if I will need to glue anything to the hull in the process.

I could leave the hull and work on the new rudder stock but before I do that I need to answer another question. Is Naiad going to have a skeg like Shoal Waters and if so, how high will it be? Without knowing the answer to this question I don't know how long the rudder stock needs to be.

The boat will sail without a skeg but it will give a little bit of directional stability to the hull that would be otherwise lacking, so I'm tending towards adding one. That just leaves the question of how big it will be at the stern.

Decisions, decisions…

The original name board on the transom.

The new version of the name board.