The Rudder and Priming the Topsides

It’s perfect. I love doing more intricate painting where as Garrett is happy to get down with a roller and get it over with. Personally, I can’t stand rolling on paint. The feel of the brush, simple in your hand, is oddly satisfying. Learning how to make a straight, clean line without tape (because I also hate taping) using a shitty chip brush makes me feel complete.

I slowly cut in the waterline while Garrett ran around me like a mad man rolling on primer. Hoffa was away on a job so it was back to the basics and just the two of us. Garrett and I have an odd but harmonious work style. It’s about the only time I shut up. Few words are spoken and we each go about our tasks. Somehow we’ve found our opposite, filling in each others blanks.

^Everyday he looks more and more like a “normal” boatbuilder^


Garrett tackled the rudder in, I’m not kidding you, a single day. A breaker has flipped in a very awesome way. Noticing, all of a sudden, the sun is shinning and the the tar in the air smells sweet.

You’ve got the plans. The ruff stock. Shaped. Second layer. BINGO!

Glued together with epoxy and mechanically fastened. Ready for some steel strapping, pintles and gudgeons but we’ll have to find a welder first.



We did this old school. We built level “guides” or “slides” at the bow and stern on the waterline points given by our plans. We chose to raise the waterline 5 more inches knowing we are going to be a fully loaded cruising live-aboard.

Reid was still in town so we were able to scribe the waterline in one day! Reid was at one end of the line and I was on the other using weights to keep it taught. We started at the bow where the line touched our first bow point and Garrett marked it. Then we worked our way aft. Moving the bow end of the line further out and the stern end of the line further in marking each spot where the line touched the hull. This was how we were able to mark the curved line evenly.


The boat, how she sits now, is flat on her keel which is not how she’ll float. The bow will be much higher out of the water so her keel will be at more of an angle with the deeper end being at the stern. Her bowsprit will point high into the sky, her sheer exactly how Garrett envisioned!

Once we had enough marks on the hull Garrett used a batten to connect the dots. Carving the waterline into the hull with his pullsaw.

And can you believe it! Our lines on either side of the hull came out even! Port and Starboard actually match. Good team work guys!


DSCN3387DSCN3394All 36 bulwark stanchion posts are through bolted in. They are douglas fir with galvanized threaded rod epoxied inside and through bolted below decks bedded with PL Premium roof adhesive. We’ll wrap two planks around the posts, most likely we’ll use western red cedar and finish bright.


It was a group effort. Garrett cut all the fir and rod. Him and Hoffa epoxied the rod into the posts. Garrett drilled through the deck while Reid (his brother was in town so of corse he was put to work) cut the thread into the ends of the rod. Hoffa and I taped the posts and Garrett taped the deck off. I was on deck gooping up the base as well as the deck where the faces met while Hoffa was down below putting on a nut and washer then making the bond tight. We wrapped a batten around the posts to make sure they were turned in all alliance with the curve of the hull. And presto!

Next up we carve the waterline in and primer the topsides!!!!

And the Beat Goes On

Summer is cooking!


Rediviva’s name is on a piece of paper sitting upon a US Coast Guard desk mixed in a stack of documents awaiting an officer’s glance. Who knows how tall this stack is? If it’s a messy or neat stack? But! She is on her way to becoming a legitimized recreational vessel. An ‘exploration unknown traveler to carry her salty gypsy crew to distant shores’ vessel; as we like to call her. The paper reads:

Owner: Garrett and Ruth Jolly

Builder: Garrett and Ruth Jolly



So in the meantime since we have “3-4 months,” so they say,of time to kill we’ll push our funds to the limit and keep working. More epoxy, CreoCoat, Primer, Rust-Oleum, PL Premium, and bolts but thankfully no lumber!





Every single bung hole is now filled!

(Epoxy mixed with sawdust)






With the summer heat ablaze and the shed removed the decks were starting to get pretty toasty! The original plan, which may still happen in the future, was to plank the deck with fir strips (gluing not screwing) but running short on patience, time, and money we’ve pressed forward and painted the decks instead for right now. Painting allowed us to protect the decks quick from the brutal UV, the wood doesn’t mind too much but the epoxy on the other hand…

We used a coarse textured deck-over paint first, then 2 coats of primer and sand, with the consistency just right we are ready for the almond color oil-based finish paint. Good and cheap ol’ Rust-Oleum brand.

DSCN3334While I tackled the rest of the bungs and Hoffa covered the deck Garrett has been checking off all the small crucial details. Planing down any high points in the bottom planking, finish fastening the transom to the stern knee, companion way hatch measurements, ordering materials, and most importantly determining the waterline. We’ll be using CeroCoat as a base layer of protection for the bottom planking.DSCN3333 Cruising in tropical waters is absolutely in our future so the concern of worms and other wood munching sea creatures is real. Creosote being so incredibly poisonous made it a top pick for coating the underbelly of boats for many years this is also its downside. Today there’s an alternative called CeroCoat, some of the more harmful poison removed, still fights off the hungry teredos and is purchasable.

This product will never touch the water just soak into the wood and act as a barrier under the primer and anti-fouling bottom paint. The jury is still out on colors for the boat. The idea for red topsides on Rediviva still sounds super sexy! After the decks get their second coat of almond the bulwarks are up next. Moving on to bulwarks marks the transition from the priority list to secondary list of to-do’s before transport. No wasted time around this shipyard


All our love,

Rediviva Crew