The oars are being build off-site so that we could clean the workshop and start the painting. For the technophiles, we are using International Woodskin for the gunwales and other bright-work, alkyd primer/undercoat then silicon/alkyd marine enamel topcoat outside and acrylic eggshell inside. the seats (or ‘thwarts’) are coated with Teak Oil – gives a bit of protection, shows off the grain of the Larch and gives a matt, non-slip finish. The blade of the rudder has been painted with epoxy resin for protection. The colour scheme … well, you’ll have to wait until the launch on the 11th April.