Chesapeake 17

Posted by Jon B. on Feb 25, 2007

I'm in the sanding stage;doing the side panels. The fabric that drapes over the sides from the deck is about 1-1/2" down on the sides. In sanding the edge smooth, I'm getting down so the fabric is visible, particularly along the fabric edge. Does anyone know if the varnish finish will make that visible fabric disappear? If this is not possible, maybe that is why I see so many painted sides.

Additionally, re: footbraces. These are installed by bolts thru the hull. Is a neoprene washer needed below the bolt head to prevent water from seeping into the bolt hole/wood sides? I'm concerned about rot over the long haul.