Protecting the Bilge

Water is the enemy of wood longevity. Protecting the wood inside the boat, especially in the bilge is critical. Here’s the plan, slightly ridiculous in it’s conservatism.

  1. Two coats of Copper Napthenate (Copper Green) to prevent bacterial and fungal decay.
  2. Two coats of water-based exterior latex primer.
  3. A coat of water-based exterior latex paint.
First though, I wanted to make sure that water in the bilge could flow through the framing members and would not accumulate against one side of the frame. Traditionally, this is called a limber hole.
Now on to the wood preservation: First Copper Green.

Now primer.

And finally paint.

I’m not sure why, but a simple coat of paint makes me so happy.

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