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neal debonte
03-15-2009, 11:56 AM
I was wondering if anyone has built the Yankee Tender, and has suggestions for finishes? I really would like a simple, classic look, and dont mind investing time and effort in maintaining her. Thanks...

03-15-2009, 11:59 AM
For an Asa Thompson Skiff (forerunner to the YT) we used workboat-type finish: flat white outside, green bottom, gray inside. My .02.

neal debonte
03-15-2009, 12:01 PM
Would you have any brightwork?

James McMullen
03-15-2009, 01:23 PM
White paint on the outside and boat soup for the inside, re-apply once every three years, or as needed if the boat stays outside in the weather. Can't get more classic and traditional than that. Spline the bottom if you're not going to keep her in the water all the time.

Paul Scheuer
03-15-2009, 01:29 PM
Here's one.


neal debonte
03-15-2009, 05:49 PM
Here's one.


"flat white outside, green bottom"

"I probably would apply cetol or varnish interior and other brightwork"

"boat soup for the inside"

Appreciate the feedback! Love the exterior look in the picture, and think the green bottom would also be a nice touch. Love thee look of the sheer strake, an think using copper rivets would be a nice touch.

Looked up the "boat soup" and saw recipes in past threads: what are the advantages over varnish? More traditional? Does it cure fully and stay non-tacky in heat/ humidity? Will also be giving some serious thought to the gray paint.

Again- many thanks for the input.

Lew Barrett
03-15-2009, 05:55 PM
Nice looking design. I like the way Paul's boat was handled. Should be stunning when you're done, already is really.

Paul Scheuer
03-15-2009, 06:40 PM
The bottom is clench-nailed, the laps are riveted, the frames are screwed and the rails are riveted with the roves in slight counterbores inside and bungs outside. I didnít want to hassle with a waterline on such a small boat so outer hull is all white. There is now a red stripe at the bottom of the sheer strake covering the rivet and screw heads that show in the second pic..



neal debonte
03-15-2009, 06:44 PM
Absolutely beautiful!

Lew Barrett
03-15-2009, 11:58 PM
It is! I think you've done splendidly. Whatever you do now, it will only enhance the appearance. I don't think there's any "wrong" you can do. I just wouldn't leave it laying in the weeds!

Paul Scheuer
03-16-2009, 06:48 PM

Check your PMs.

03-17-2009, 07:02 AM
I used Brightside, inside (white) and out (blue) on my Ducktrap Maine Skiff and it is holding up well. Knees, ribs and seats are varnished with McClosky's (spelling?).