Tips from A Shipwright: How to Measure & Cut a Bootstripe

Lou has some brilliant advice for how to get a new waterline stricken on a wooden boat. With some ingenious use of wood strips, a ruler and a saw, Lou is able to create a waterline on this wooden boat that will withstand the test of many coats of topside and boot stripe paint.

Another trick he employs once he has the waterline etched, is the protect the wooden planking of the stripped waterline stripe area with TotalBoat’s Penetrating Epoxy. This clear epoxy is thin and penetrates into the bare wood to protect it from years of saltwater abuse and potential rot. It’s a great solution to protecting and sealing bare wood and is a great application anytime you have stripped paint down to the bare grain. If Lou uses it, you can feel good knowing he understands the importance of adding this layer of protection. Enjoy!


More Tips from A Shipwright: How to Strike a Straight Waterline

Since no one seems to tire of the wisdom from the ultimate shipwright, Lou Sauzedde, we again offer a video from his Tips from A Shipwright Series that we guess will be very timely and useful to those of us who are repainting a bottom and wanting a straight waterline. Is there really any other kind of waterline to have? Well, sadly – Yes!

How often have you seen a boat on her mooring with a wonky waterline? It stands out as an obvious mistake and while it’s easy to tape a nice line for your bottom paint job, getting that line to be level and at the actual waterline is another trick.

Painting a new¬†waterline doesn’t have to be a big deal. Nail your topsides paint job and then get out the string and get leveling. Lou’s methods are time tested. He doesn’t cut corners, but does a great job explaining simple execution of common tasks which plague many boaters.