Category Archives: Fishing

Outside and primer!

Fairing is hard.  It’s hard work, and it’s hard to get right.  Since the glass went on the work has focused entirely on fairing, and it’s slow going.

First, we sanded everything smooth with a Festool dual action, and then went to work with the linear sander and sanding blocks to try to knock things into shape such that it was “locally fair.”  These tools will knock down high spots in a 10″ (ish) range making things pretty good. As we went, we’d fill depressions and sand things fair again, occasionally misting the boat with hardware store spray paint as a guide coat.

In our case there are some larger scale “whoopdie doos” that needed to be addressed that short fairing tools won’t find. So we started using long fairing battens to screed filling compound and begin making things good at a macro level.

Part way through this process, we realized that we really needed to see the boat from further away than we could get in my little shop, and under better lighting and so, in a departure from “the plan,” we wheeled the boat into the great outdoors.

This helped a lot and we were able to better address some of the bigger issues in the aft portions of the hull.

At this point, the fact that the hull is so mottled was beginning to be an issue.  All the various color blotches bear a striking similarity to the camouflage paint jobs they use to hide the lines of cars when testing cars them in secret on city streets.

And so, after consulting with the paint guys at Svendsens, I rolled on a coat of gray AwlGrip epoxy primer to even out the color so we can see imperfections better.  It doesn’t really count as “primer” yet, given there’s still a lot of fairing to do, but it looks really cool with an even coat of color on it.

Tomorrow is an off day, but Monday we’ll be back at it.  Hopefully by the end of Tuesday the hull will be fair enough to call “done,” and we’ll move on to installing the spray rails and guard strips.  I’m ready to get to painting!

Oh, and I took Monday and Tuesday off to do some fishing in the big boat.  Went pretty well!



Florida Keys

My friend Jeff is getting married in Boca Raton this weekend, and my birthday present from my rockstar girlfriend was to add a few days to the trip and come down to the keys to do some fishing.  I figure it probably goes without saying given that I’m building a fishing boat, but I rather enjoy chasing fish.  And there’s pretty much no gamefish that compares to the tarpon, especially on a fly.

We arrived Tuesday evening and drove from the Ft. Lauderdale airport down to Islamorada, where we checked into the Cheeca Lodge.  The resort is lovely.  Yesterday and today we fished with Captain Jeff Bloodworth who worked hard to find fish under tough circumstances.

Wednesday we hooked up with, leadered and released a nice tarpon on the fly.  Probably a 70# fish, but a really strong fish for its size.  Great fight.  Here’s a shot of me pulling on it.


Today Carla caught a nice little shark on a live crab.

Tomorrow we’re going to laze about a bit before heading up to the wedding.  It’s been a great couple of days.  Back at the boat building on Monday.  Stay tuned for more updates.