Another Day In Paradise


Mr B is such a good boy. It happened, and right in the right spot. Sorry Mr B. But?

Well, hopefully your weekend was as productive as it could be. I spent it sanding and painting Sweet Pea. I am mainlining Advil and really dont want to see a sander again for a while. 40 feet times two is a lot of sanding, painting, sanding painting. The good news is in the rain, you are kinda wet sanding, which helped. Thanks to That yummy Kirby Paint, the painting part is very satisfying.

One coat, needs to be sanded and painted one more coat to smooth it out.

There are worse ways to spend the day. Mark Knophler and I were doing the trawler man sand

Today Boot Stipes and lettering

WHY? Why dark paint? Bronze green by Kirby! I know the dark gloss paint only sets me up for work, a satin white would be the way to go. But! She looks great

Boot stripe ready and will also be cleaning the Bronze to set it off.

And of course to add to the idiot in me. A WHITE interior on Stinky.

Natalie Muzio, local interior master is doing an amazing job on the white pleather interior. BTW, it’s already dirty. AHHHHHHHHH! But sure looks cool. Stay tuned for the KAPOK update.

And of course a tow job. Thats Jim Sheafer and his amazing Clarence Sanford designed and built boat towing in PD and his dogs.

15 replies
  1. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    So you’re not using an ablative? bottom paint, but an enamel gloss, semi gloss? That blocking looks like one of our Jenga sessions after 5 beers. I guess as long as there’s a load on it, its not going anywhere. I remember doing a sharpie rigged 32 sailboat with centerboard keel, never again. I hope you had help, my condolences either way.

    • Frank@Falmouth
      Frank@Falmouth says:

      My thoughts are the same on the blocking. Now would be the time to build some custom built chine blocks for future use. Would almost make it a two man job when pulling from water.
      I used to have a heck of a time getting the blocking correct ( all while wading in the jelly fish infested water when we would pull my fathers Skipjack sailboat). Id get one side lined up and they would float off ( or sink!) or come out of alignment… or not have the right size “jenga block” to fit…

  2. Ron in Seattle
    Ron in Seattle says:

    Whew! Glad I am not the only one who noticed the blocking.

    Love the barn door rudder. Don’t need a bow thruster with a rudder like that!

  3. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Nice work! and Jim has a Clarence Sanford boat! He was a master. Matt…got new tires mounted today for the Model A….just sayin…..John in Va

  4. Don Palmer
    Don Palmer says:

    Nice job, it looks great. You were listening to my favorite musician, Mark Knopfler. Another one of his albums is done with Emmy Lou Harris, called “All the Roadrunning”. If you don’t have it… check it out!

  5. waldo
    waldo says:

    This off the subject of the boat yard but does anyone know what happened to the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2004 a almost bought a boat from them and then they just went away after the owner retired. Been trying to contact someone and see if they are still in business.

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      Brian Keene is the guy you need to speak to at Motor Boat Garage. They’re still doing restorations and occasionally have boats for sale or possibly find what you’re looking for, not the huge selection in giant warehousing displayed like at the old but still a cool old building in Cincinnati.

  6. Matt
    Matt says:

    Okay, to answer all the questions.
    1. Yes the blocking is Jankie. But it works and you slide in the top wedge to keep it tight
    2. All the weight is on the keel, but EEESH, this is how he has done it for 100 years
    3. I have been working on a more simple system. They are out there.
    4. Those are her blocks, I saved them form last time, but yes it would make sense to make a special Sweet Pea block, since she is the only boat with that deep of a hull
    5. Antique Boat Center went out of business years ago. Dead, gone and burried. All the guys from there are at Motor Boat Garage.
    6. NO THRUSTERS! Its all in the prop


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