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Monday, May 16, 2011

Rushton Florida Model to get wet later in May at CBMM

Casey shows off the oars, ready for varnish

Working that cherry with a spokeshave

A muskrat comes up for lunch during our high tide
Dick gets a shot at the wildlife we get to see every day at CBMM

6 Coats of Captain's Varnish for all the brightwork

The center of the decks won't be visible when we're done

After the varnish, painting time for the planks & keel

Plenty of shine on the inside

Everything get sealed before the varnish or paint is applied

Two more coats of varnish on the sheer & deck, sink some nails & get to the paint

The Rushton Florida Model double ended rowboat will be going into the water sometime later in May. The schedule published in October of 2010 showed 22 May 2011 and 26-29 May's Memorial Day weekend for getting her wet.

We won't be in by the 22nd of May. Look for an update when the boat gets launched at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

For boat time, being even close to the planned schedule is fabulous.

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