The plans for the boat were drawn around a mercruiser cad drawing of
the engine . My main concern in determining the deck height was the
height of the exhaust manifolds . The engine actually arrived last
fall in a big blue box , and sat in a corner of the shop . I noticed
however that the exhaust risers were higher than shown on the mercruiser drawing .
Seems that they changed the engine without changing the drawing . While working on the boat during the winter
, about once or twice a week I'd lift the corner of the big blue box ,
insert my tape measure , and the over to the boat and measure again .
--- It was a relief to to finally physically install the engine and
try the hatch on .It's a close fit , but it works .
After about 8 coats of varnish the boat was water sanded and the local
sign painter came over to gold leaf on the name and numbers . Gold
leaf is an ancient technique that is becoming a dying art with the
advent of computer cut stick on vinyl letters . But to me nothing
matches the beauty of real gold leaf . The name
is actually painted on with glue , and while the glue is still tacky
microscopically thin sheets of 24 karat gold are stuck on . A brush
takes of the excess gold leaving the letters in gold on the boat and
the floor covered in gold dust .
By doing the gold leaf at this stage it will wind up with four coats
of varnish on top of the gold . I've varnished a few boats in the past were the
owner had , had the gold leaf applied after the boat was finished .
The problem is, that when you put a " freshen up coat " of varnish on
a boat you have to sand it first . If the gold is on top it winds up
getting sanded off .