Next we started on the oakum. A totally different kettle of fish, as it were. Thankfully, we have quite a bit of it pre-rolled. Each strand of oakum has to be bunched up and pounded into the seam until it fills the seam and then it's pounded to get all the little bits in. It's time consuming and your back hurts a little but , surprisingly, it's very satisfying and when it's done you can look at it and take pride in a job well done. AND, when the boat doesn't leak- you'll know you did a good job. Haha.
As we caulk we are also sealing the seams with a marine sealant. This gives a finished look and keeps the water out.
Warren pounding in oakum
Two strands of oakum for a wider seam
Marine sealant after the oakum has been put in the seams.
We'll keep at the caulking for the next few weeks until the vessel is all finished. It's coming along great.