Tiller, Boomkin, Sampson Posts – DONE!

It would seem that being a sailor not only means you are dependent on weather conditions to get you somewhere but you are also dependent on weather conditions to work on your boat.

I was hoping to have these done a few weeks ago but the weather just wouldn’t have it. Almost every time I was planning some work on these pieces, it would start pissing on me. We finally have a good stretch of sun and have been getting some serious work down for SV Rad Mode’s exterior. Lucky for us, it’s nice where SV Rad Mode is berthed 8 or 9 months out of the year. I hear from the locals that most of March will probably be wet in this El Nino year but beyond that, the good weather should be back in full force.

I’m really excited about the product we chose to use for all of the wood on SV Rad Mode. We are using Signature Finish and so far, it’s just excellent. It’s very forgiving. A couple of weeks ago, I was applying the Honey Teak portion of the product (it was in the high 40’s at the time) and it began drizzling on me during my application. I just went ahead with it and it came out just perfect! If that’s not a testament to the product, I don’t know what is. I’ll continue to report on the maintenance requirements and everything else with this product as time goes by.

I have tons of footage of applying the product and even getting drizzled on while doing it that I am going to use for a comprehensive how to/review video on our YouTube channel. I just need to put it all together. Please subscribe if that’s something you would be interested in seeing.


At this point, we have to get the rudder cheeks and part of the rear cap rail done, along with splicing some of the galvanized, before we can install the boomkin and we have similar work to do on the front before we can install the bowsprit but we are relieved to be able to leave these pieces outside now and free up some space in the boat. We have so much wood inside to keep it out of the weather it’s extra cramped!

We hope all of you are enjoying our photos and posts!

Enjoying the sun,






4 Comments Add yours

  1. 4theriders says:

    All I understood of this post was it rained, and something about “shiver me timbers”. Carry on.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. probst629 says:

      Yeah, lot’s of sailor talk on some of these.


  2. GeorgieMoon says:

    I have no idea what a boomkin is, but it looks good!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. probst629 says:

      Think of a bowsprit facing aft off of the transom.

      Liked by 1 person

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