View Full Version : Lady J. week 13. Somebody say varnish?

10-21-2010, 07:16 PM
It's been a while but I waited until I had a bit of something to show. Progress is a bit slower now without the major changes. We've been laying varnish on her and inside as well. The hull has four brushed coats so far and will get at least one more before we block her smooth.
Once she's blocked down, I'll start spraying her.
The varnish surface is almost where I want it before we get it perfectly level.
The interior has three coats and will get two more before blocking and then I'll spray it as well.
The exterior is about the same as the hull at this point.
It's coming along...

10-21-2010, 07:17 PM
I did manage to get the veneer on the transom. Here's the before.
The after.
I'll detail it, stain, CPES and epoxy it before we start the varnish regime. We have some catch up to do on it. All in all, just getting things done or waiting for wood. The engine will be done within a couple of weeks, hopefully. The electrical is waiting for Blue Sea to finish the custom panels.

donald branscom
10-21-2010, 07:23 PM
I know people are nutty about a piece of varnished wood ,but I would not varnish the hull.

Every year you will have to haul the boat out and strip and redo the varnish on the hull at high rates the yards charge.

Just warning you in advance. Transom,interior, rails, cabin inside and out is plenty of varnish.

10-21-2010, 07:24 PM
looks great.... how did you lay-up the veneer?

10-21-2010, 07:31 PM
Donald, it's what the customer wants and he is aware of the maintenance level involved. With 12 coats of vasrnish on that hull, you will NOT have to strip it annually. Simply hauling out, light sanding and two refresher coats will suffice.

Medium viscosity epoxy. I'll stain it, CPES and epoxy it again before varnish.

10-21-2010, 08:12 PM
Like that one cocaine-using hotel heiress says, "That's hot."

10-21-2010, 09:53 PM
considering the purchase of a k40 in southern california. once shes blocked, is the cabin top parallel to the waterline and so can i use it for level fore and aft? thought you might know...

10-22-2010, 04:49 AM
Looks great Charlie, what varnish are you using? Same inside and out?

10-22-2010, 09:07 AM
Rob, no it's not. There's a definite sheer to these boats. The K-40 has a scribe line at the waterline and the boot stripe top, or it should have one.

Larks, I'm using Flagship throughout. The customers like the gloss.

10-22-2010, 11:24 AM
and one more kettenburg specific question if i may...do the keel bolts run perpendicular to the ballast or the waterline? could be difficult to re-bed if its the former.

10-22-2010, 08:03 PM
To the keelson top. I suppose that's pretty close to the waterline.

10-22-2010, 08:47 PM
sorry, i might not have asked that question clearly. to drop the ballast and re-bed, does it drop straight down or down and aft?

10-22-2010, 08:52 PM
I'm thinking straight down. You'll have to hang the boat while she's off as there's not much to pin her in place without the ballast. They have a bit of windage. If in a building, no issues.

10-22-2010, 09:18 PM
Damn nice work Charlie...youse can do my stuff anytime...if I had one these days. Pretty much the only thing on my boat was oiled cap rails and some varnish on the skylight...rest was paint and oil.

10-22-2010, 10:09 PM
Thanks for the compliment Chuck. Means a bit coming from you.