First stop: the Winterton Boat Building Museum for information on recaulking and general boat construction.
A caulking demonstration on a rodney at theWinterton Boat Building Museum. The stuff hanging off is oakum.
The Winterton museum is a converted United Church School and is a really cool place to learn more than you ever wanted to know about the tradition of hand-building wooden boats in the Winterton area!
Equipped with some basic skills and hopefully the tools to do the job, I hunted down marline cord and boat paint (IMP Sales, St. John’s, Newfoundland) and a wide array of scrapers and sandpaper (thanks Bob!). The boat is located on Exploits Islands in Notre Dame Bay. We have no electricity, running water or phone there, so I took everything I might possibly need.
Dad and I rolled her over and I faced this:
There were a number of neat things on the keel that had been growing there when last she was pulled from the water. I found tiny mussels, scallops and sea sponges growing on the old paint.
Here she is, scraped and ready for work:
Caulking isn’t actually all that hard, just monotonous and plentiful.
The Dolphin II has had a rough go of it in the past thirty years. I managed to work over the outside of her and have the prep done to repaint her innards next summer. It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do for appearances….
I’ll probably start small, in a Nutshell.