The time came to varnish the transom and rub rails. I had been looking forward to this for months.
The first task was to mask off the rest of the hull to protect it from the varnish and the mess which results from wet sanding.
It looked like this.
The transom and rails were carefully sanded with a P220 grit to obtain a smooth, clean surface, and the first coat of varnish was applied. As here.
I used a roller to apply the varnish and a 4" foam brush to tip it out. It worked really well.
That's starting to look nice.
The build manual says that you know you're getting close when you're varnishing the transom.
Well, it certainly doesn't feel like it! We may be nearly finished but there is still an awful lot to do.