Yesterday was the 4th of July and a bunch of my pals were sharing some single malt scotch while talking about their memories of boating. The subject turned to varnishing techniques and one of our group mentioned how the owners of the Star Boats that were kept in the north lot of the St. Franchis YC in San Francisco got such stunning results with brushed on varnish on their decks. It seems that the Star ballast bulb has a threaded 3/4" hole in it that is used for holding a screw eye when the keels are being moved about at the foundry. Once the keel is attached to the hull, the hole is filled with a wooden plug. The owners would remove the plug, screw in a steel eye and attach a lifting wire whip to it. For the final coat of varnish, the boat would be launced by the club crane and then raised by the whip up side down. Once stabalized, the last coat of varnish would be applied to the inverted deck. The results were a pristine coat of varnish with no runs and no settled dust!
And I thought I was crazy when it comes to varnishing!