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caledonia yawl project: fall projects

I was ready to push to have the boat out of the shed this fall. So September started well with the finis of the painting of the ruder, centreboard and hatches.

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and the hull

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I then tackled putting Deks Olje on the benches

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six coats of Deks Olje

And similarly cover the floors as well with Deks Olje

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Because I had it drying overnight outside I found out I had the visit of some raccoons while I was away.

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Finally putting all of it back into the boat started to feel really good. Although it takes a bit longer than I imagined.

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The rudder and the Norwegian tiller also looked nice all glossy with the Deks Olje.

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Then as fall wore on and I felt I was getting close to being ready to transferring the boat to the trailer I started to finish the sunbrella storage cover.

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I added shafing panels and instead of grommets along the periphery I used E-Z Lace Supreme Webbing which can be stitched on and is much simpler an more versatile than grommets.

I then built a frame to tent the cover and protect the boat from rain.

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I also bedded the chocks and the cleats I made out of reclaimed cherry wood.

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And set up all the toggles to hold down the floorboards that make them removable to access the plugs and possibly to store some water or sand balast below.

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Finally I stitched together a dozen sand bags to weigh down the edges of the cover so that I don’t have to rely on straps as much to keep a constant tension when the boat is in storage.

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And then just as I called a bunch of friends to help me lift the boat onto the trailer and make room for the spar making… New COVID-19 restrictions came into force and I had to call it off. I’ll have to wait a little longer to get it out closer to the water in the boat yard.