The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.08.08 - Paint - Part II

The sheaves arrived this morning so the first task of the day was to plane some wood to the required thickness, cut it to size and then glue these pieces to the check pieces. Fairly straightforward. All told, including getting out and packing away the tools the whole thing took only an hour. Time for a cup of tea and also to allow the epoxy to start curing and then I can make a start on the second coat of paint.

There's a saying in marine circles that varnish hides a lot of sins compared to paint and I can see that this is true. The paint highlighted every mistake, every uneven section everything that is not perfect, in fact. Had I used varnish these would not have been easily visible.

Still, if I had wanted a perfect boat, I would have paid a boat builder to make one for me. Not that I could afford it, of course. But, as Dylan Winter often says, sail now, fettle later. He really does this. Work on his boat only gets done when sailing is not being done or if it is a priority like the engine bearers failing.

I dare say that if I tot up everything I have spent on Naiad to date I would find that I could have bought a boat that I could sail now. But, Naiad is fulfilling another purpose. She will be the way I want her to be and I'm willing to put time and money to see that this happens. Demonstrably.

Anyway, after two hours driving a paint roller and brush I can now say that Naiad has two coats of bilge and locker paint on the interior of her hull.

Three tufnol sheaves. Tufnol is one of these great substances that has been made since the 1920s. You can read all about it here but the part that interests boat people is this:

"It is hard, rigid and strong, light in weight (about a fifth of the weight of steel and half the weight of aluminium). It is a good electrical insulator, some grades extremely good, and is also resistant to long-term immersion in water. It is exceptionally resistant to weathering, much more so than most other plastics, and it has been used for components in outdoor and marine environments for many decades without corroding or degrading. Some grades are very resistant to wear in applications involving friction, and can be lubricated with water as well as oil or other conventional lubricants. This makes them extremely useful in marine applications."


The spaces being glued to the cheeks. To position the spacers I put the stock spacer in position on a cheek and then glued the new spacers in position using a spring clamp to hold the in position. I repeated this for the other cheek and then removed the stock spacer to ensure that it did not stick to the cheek.


That's two coats of paint you're looking at there. Doesn't look a whole lot different to yesterday's photos but there is. For one thing I made sure I didn't miss any bits.


Another view of the painted interior.