The day of varnishing our Passagemaker dinghy rapidly approaches ... possibly later today, most certainly we'll start by tomorrow (I'm fortunate that my wife will follow my rolling-on and do the tipping-out).
We're doing the 'traditional' design -- varnish on the interior, sheer strake exterior, and transoms. We just stood around the boat in the garage, scratching our heads, trying to figure out the best sequence. Hmmm, this is harder than we thought.
Why are we obsessing over this? We're concerned about keeping a wet edge -- we're rookies at this. Paining the hull exterior was, obviously, much easier to figure out (for us, anyway).
Here's our idea, so far, but we're begging for any advice y'all can offer:
1. Underside of seats where they project beyond bulkheads
2. Bulkheads and daggerboard trunk
3. Bottom panel -- front to back (or vice versa)
4. Amidships strakes, between forward and center bulkhead, starboard side
5. Amidships strakes, between center and aft bulkhead, starboard side
4. Amidships strakes, between forward and center bulkhead, port side
5. Amidships strakes, between center and aft bulkhead, port side
6. Top of center thwart
7. Bow section strakes & transom interior
8. Bow thwart top
9. Stern section strakes & transom interior
10. Stern thwart top
11. Rub rails
12. Sheer strake exteriors, both sides
13. Transom exteriors
With this approach, we think the only wet edge we might lose is at along the top of the interior sheer strake, where it meets the rub rail. Not sure what to do about this.
Wow, I'm exhausted already. Excited to be this far along, though. Thanks for any advice out there!
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