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Refit:  Winter 2008-2009


Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For years, I'd considered adding a cove stripe to the hull.  For a variety of reasons, I never did; I'd alternately decide I liked it the way it was or muse that I'd soon be painting the boat again, "next year", and there was no point in doing the covestripe until then. 

With the hull now freshly painted, it was time for the cove stripe.  I'd located some realistic-looking gold leaf vinyl striping for another job, and, like the gold leaf vinyl I had used for the boat's name before, the effect of this inexpensive and easy-to-use product was convincing.

Soon after the paint was complete, I mocked up a portion of the covestripe, temporarily taping it in place to ensure that it was the look I wanted on this boat and at this time.  I was so used to the look of the boat without it that I wanted to be sure.  As soon as I tacked the material in place, however, I was sure:  the gold leaf cove stripe added an indefinable touch of style and class.

A few weeks later, with time to kill in the shop while waiting for some materials, I spent an hour installing the cove stripe permanently.  I positioned it 2" below the rubrail using masking tape as a guide, and faired the vinyl tape by eye to ensure a sweeping curve with no humps or bumps. 

I left it overlong to start, and then determined where to trim the ends for best appearance.  I think cove stripes look best when they end a fair distance from stem and transom, with more space at the bow than at the stern.  To that end, I chose 18" from the stern, and 48" from the stem.  At the bow, I cut a tapered arrow shape, and at the stern a swallow tail to terminate the striping. 

Better pictures will have to wait till the boat leaves the shop.


         

    


Total time today:  1 hour

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