Varnishing the Cockpit

After drilling a few holes to run the cabling and electrical wiring, I cleaned everything up, taped off the bottom line and rolled on a coat of varnish.  Up to this point, the cockpit had been epoxied, but not varnished.

Hard to see the difference in the photos, but I’m very pleased with the results.  

Check it out:

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Summary:

I’ll apply one more coat before bedtime and then one final coat tomorrow morning.  I’m then off to Yellowstone with my wife for a weekend of Nordic skiing and hot tubing.  Life is good!

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Varnishing Northern Cross

Since the paint gave me such a problem, I’ve decided to varnish instead, while I wait for the paint to fully cure.  I can’t believe I’ve come to that stage in building Northern Cross where varnish is the next step.  You know you’ve come a long way when you crack out the varnish.

Take a look:

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Now lest you think this varnish job is somehow better than your last varnish job, please don’t.  I could show you several varnish runs if it makes you feel any better.  Remember, I’m just a Ham n Egger.  I’m amazed at how hard it is to get a good finish.

 I truly believe one could take as long to finish a boat as build a boat if seeking for perfection.  Let’s not do that, OK?

I used a foam roller and a 2,1/2″ chip brush to reach where the roller wouldn’t go.  The second coat is the hardest cuz you can’t tell where you’ve been.  It’s all shiny, no I didn’t sand in between coats.  I worked real hard to get the epoxy finish well sanded, but then simply added 2 coats of varnish over the epoxy base.  The thickness is sufficient to my eye and I believe any additional coats would simply add bulk and wrinkles to the finish.  So, two coats it’ll be.

I’m re-reading Tom Pamperin’s “Jagular goes everywhere”.  Great reading while the varnish dries.  I really enjoy Tom’s perspective on life and sailing.  His straight forward approach to adventure and the ensuing problems are refreshing and encouraging.

Pick a boat…build a boat…and, go exploring!  Life is too short to spend it on the couch.