Finishing Touches

We've got it in the water, but there are still a few things to take care of. Like seats! Although I have plans for a variety of enhancements over the remainder of this season, the primary focus will be on safety and legalities. It would be nice to get that compliance sticker and boat registration.


Cockpit Extras ( Sep 4, 2006): The cockpit is now ready for the final painting.


I've been a little slack with the photos, lately. It's not that there was no work being done, just not thinking about pictures. Anyway, you can see the nice new guide posts that really help with getting the boat on and off the trailer. I've also got some handrails installed and, if you look closely, you can see the back of one of the transom seats.

Port guidepost and handrail


Here is the same thing from the other side, but this one shows the transom seat a bit better.

Starboard guidepost and hand rail


This is not a great photo, but I'll blame it on the nasty lighting--full sun on the glossy surface of the seat and full shade on everything else. In any case, this is supposed to show one of the transom seats. The back is part of some additional bracing across the transom and the seat is hinged on the cockpit wall. Underneath is a porta-a-potty. That, by the way, has already proven to be extremely useful!

Closeup of transom seat


Finally, we have a full shot of the starboard side so that you get an idea of what the handrails do to the lines. Overall, I think the effect is okay. And I know they work, because we've already had a few challenges getting in and out of the boat. Oh, that's our cabin in the background. Someday we'll have to some work on that, too.

Mostly done






Final Paint ( Jun 10, 2007): Painting is finally complete


Well, I finally finished the painting! I didn't finish it last year because we were too busy using the boat. I've been trying to get to it this spring, but the combination of weather and other work kind of slowed things down. As you can see, I'll have to do something about the bird's nest under the dash. I'm thinking of putting a door on.

Paint job and wires


I also got some varnishing done on all the handrails. We had rain in the morning and that prevented me from getting more than one coat this week-end, but I'll keep plugging away.

I'm really hoping that next week-end will see official completion so I can get back on the water. If I launch before completion again, I'll never get it finished!


Numbers ( Aug 27, 2007): Well, I finally got it registered


The registration was delayed because I misunderstood the rules. I was under the impression that I needed a compliance sticker in order to complete the registration form. Apparently, it's not only possible to register without compliance, but required if planning to run the boat while the compliance is being processed.

Port numbers

Naturally, I did both sides...

Starboard Numbers

Not a bad job with the old paintbrush, eh? Okay, I confess. I had decals cut in the Crestline Coach Ltd. decal department. I could have had some really fancy super-reflective stuff, but opted for something a little less flashy.