I also painted her white because a yacht with a white sail is a bit like a blonde in a white dress - When observing the boat (or the blonde) one is not distracted by any vibrant colour. White tends to let the underlining beautiful form to show through as the delicate subtleties and shades of shadows are contrasted more fully with the colour white as a counterpoint. (-: anyway that's my theory for yachts and blondes and I'm sticking to it until I can invent a better one :-)
Although she is only seven feet long (the same size as a small yacht tender) she is a little ship indeed. She has a small cockpit so that during a capsize only a relatively small amount of water has to be bailed out. The sail area is big enough to make her fast and exciting to sail in any sort of breeze. If you can sail one of these little beauties you can sail anything. I think she's gorgeous.
A cam cleat for the main sheet on either side of the deck gives the skippers hands a rest. The webbing straps inside the cockpit are to hold your legs as you hike out to keep her flat and moving fast. Other features are the boom Vang, (red rope from bottom of the mast to front end of the boom - stops the boom from skying up when running free) - the splash boards on the foredeck, main sheet, tiller extension, centerboard, rudder, wooden mast and rigging.
This photo shows the hull with its finishing coat. All painting was done with a paintbrush in keeping with the era of boat and my lack of equipment (spray painting would indeed give a better finish).
Completely stripped and she doesn't bat an eyelid - small yachts have always been natural and uninhibited sorts of creatures. But when she's fully dressed, she can pick up her skirts and run down wind like smoke.
The skipper always drinks the worlds best sailing beer when working on pleasurable projects. There is something about Heineken beer that makes me want to own the brewery.
She was pretty run down at the beginning of the project. But there is an old saying about "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" and it's certainly true of a yacht with good lines. No matter what state a yacht is in, if shes got good lines she will always have that hint of underlying beauty - And with a bit of TLC will be out there again - slow dancing on a scintillating sea and giving her lucky skipper the time of his life.