With epoxy cured, I began shaping the coaming cap.I cut it close, then filed until flush. A block plane brought the oak down to the top of the plywood. I then filed the top to remove plane marks and gouges. All edges were rounded with a 1/4″ round over bit and then filed for final shape. I then screwed on my rub rail. I choose Sapelle dimensioned to 3/8″ x 1 7/8″. I decided to only screw this in place for easy repair or replacement. I used 1 1/4″ SS screws placed 6″ apart. I held the rub rail 1/8″ proud of the deck for my desired look. I wasn’t sure it was going to bend OK, but it went on just fine. This is a really fun stage to be at here folks…really fun stage.
Things are starting to come together for Shackleton. I’ll be away for a while, so expect delays in my blog posts and progress. I’m very glad I began this project. For me, it has been a great experience. Should you build one? That’s entirely up to you…but for me, it’s been an awesome experience.