Clark Fork Drifter - Fiddy Bits
last we left the Clark Fork Drifter, we'd installed the seats,
hatches, and done some fancy painting. Now it's time to install
wales and get this baby ready to move.
If you remember, using Painter's Tape to get an edge sucks - there
is ALWAYS bleed under the edge of tape. It looked terrible. I asked
around and people said to lay your tape, then go along the edge
with the background color so the bleed-under won't be noticeable.
Although I was skeptical, I tried it anyway:
Aw yeah! That's how you do it. That's a fine looking paint line.
Next up was attaching the gunnels. For some reason, I'd decided
to use Bronze Silica screws and while completely corrosion resistant,
they are not very durable (they strip out easily) so we pre-drilled
all the holes using a countersink bit we'd gotten from Lowes.
We are bedding the wales in PL Concrete Crack sealant. This is
my favorite caulk/bedding material - once set, it sticks like nobody's
business. We decided to bed instead of epoxy because we'd painted
the surface - paint sticks to epoxy, but epoxy doesn't stick to
paint. We wanted a flexible sealant between the wale and the boat
so no rot-causing water gets trapped between the two.
Pre-drill and countersink ALL the holes.
Even pre-drilling wasn't good enough - the bronze screws were stripping
out (and at 32 cents EACH, it was concerning.) We widened the hole
a little by driving and backing out a drywall screw.
And that's what the wales look like on. Pretty purty, don't you
We were nearing the end of the work session, so we caulked the
edges of the seats with PL Concrete Sealant and called it a night.
The next task was the inwales. This is a harrowing step because
we only have one chance to get it right - the lengths have to be
cut perfectly or the ends will look really shabby.
We were shaving a 1/16" at a time - easily done with one of
Pull Saws from Duckworks.
That's what they look like on. That's one fine looking boat.
The important thing to remember when using PL Concrete and Masonry
Sealant is to CLEAN ANY EXCESS. A) This stuff gets EVERYWHERE and
B) Once it cures, it's not coming off. Mineral spirits is your friend.
And there we go - a little final sanding and some touch up and
she's ready to go.