46′ Gar Wood Ensign Bleached Blonde

Why take the time and spend the money bleaching the planking? Compare this clip to the one posted earlier this week for an excellent before and after comparison of the 1946 Gar Wood Ensign. Bleaching makes the coloration infinitely more uniform, while it also raises the grain, thereby delivering the perfect environment for the filler stain that follows bleaching.

Sanding lightly, and I mean lightly, scuff off the “feathers’ left by bleaching by hand and using 200-220 grit paper comes next. Do not get aggressive here as the bleached layer is only 1/32” to 1/16” deep. Sand through it and you will either end up with disfiguring blotches when you stain, or you must bleach anew.

Wood Bleach is available at Jamestown Distributors.

Rather than applying once and allow the surface to dry, and then coming back with a second application that must be neutralized, we keep the planking wet with repeated applications of the equal-part A and B solution over at least 12 hours before allowing the wood to dry.

Our results speak for themselves.

Drying will continue for the rest of today. Yes, the covering boards appear a bit darker than is the rest of the planking at this moment. Why? Because they are original to 1946, and are therefore a bit more porous than is the new planking, they are still quite wet. Once dry, they will match the rest of the planking.

We will stain the planking using Interlux InterStain Wood Filler Stain in brown mahogany tomorrow morning.

Then comes three coats of Penetrating Epoxy, and into the paint booth she will go, where varnishing can begin.

Fairlie 55 – Construction Video Diary

A short video of the entire build process, from lofting to launch, of the Fairlie 55.
It’s the culmination of 13 months filming at Fairlie Restorations in Hamble.

What a beautiful boat and an impressive project. This video shows the amazing amount of detail that goes into every inch of a classic build both above and below decks. If you have ever wanted to sit in on a total build project, watch this and in 12:28 you get the whole process and even a sail at the end.

When you are ready to build your own, come to Jamestown Distributors for all your boat building needs. Most every tool shown in this video can be bought in our online store or at our expanded retail location in Bristol, RI.

Repairing & Replacing Teak Decking

In this video we will replace the teak wood decking on the sailboat “Camelot”. The old fake teak veneer has began to deteriorate.

Teak Deck Fabrication & Installation Part 2

Part 2 of a tutorial from Boatworks Today on how to fabricate and install a small teak deck as a highlight on your boat using materials from Teak Decking Systems.
You can find Part 1 of this series here.

Teak Deck Fabrication & Installation

A tutorial on how to fabricate and install a small teak deck as a highlight on your boat using materials from Teak Decking Systems.