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Sea Knight - Topside Painted

By Osangar - Posted on 04 November 2013

Well the last month has been a flurry of activity trying to get the top finished off and painted before the cold weather really hits and I am glad to report I got it done.

Last post I had put up the bulkheads and it was time to get started on building the roof, which involved putting up the roof beams and supports along the cabin sides.

Cabin Roof

The windshield was sure a project in patience.  Freaked me right out as the instructions said to use dowels to join the pieces together which adds a level complexity. 


Somehow I managed to get them together fairly well, and then as I started to fair and shape them to fit I noticed I was planing through some of the dowels.  Guess that is why I couldn't just screw them together.



Had to go out and buy a swivel tongue jack for the trailer with a wheel so I could move the boat out from under my tarp and into the underground of the building.  You can't really tell, but I had about 6-8 inches above the roof frames and windshield from the tarp and it was difficult and sore on the neck trying to plane in that space.

With the windshield in place and planed down I am ready to fit the roof battens.

Cabin Roof

Cabin Roof

Woohoo!  Roof on baby!

Roof On

Roof On

Damn it even looks like a boat.  Still can't believe that I am doing this.

Putting an epoxy barrier on the topside and cabin.  Quite impressed I barely got any epoxy on myself this time.

Epoxy Barrier

Taping off the mahogany for painting.


Throwing on a couple coats of primer.


This last weekend I got to finish it off with a couple of coats of topside paint.  Just in time too as we had some sun this weekend and this upcoming week they are projecting rain and the mercury is going to stay below 10deg C.

Topside Painted

I moved the boat into the sun for a while to dry between coats and I was able to get this picture from my apartment window looking down on it.

Topside Painted

So I am feeling pretty happy right now and can finally relax a bit with the outside done, except for a bit of molding.  I will work on the inside over winter but not every night and weekend like I have been doing for the last couple of months.  Just want to try and have this completed for spring sometime.

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