With the new bow in place there wasn't a lot left to do on the outside, but start finishing up the hull.
I used quite a bit of "bondo" to smooth out the shape of the bow, and cover over the junctions of the plywood panels. The first coat of chemicals on the hull was a mixture of clear epoxy thinned to almost the consistency of water with acetone. This was done so the epoxy would soak into the plywood a bit. The next coat was an epoxy-based red primer. Everything was going so well.
After the first primer coat I came back the next morning and found that there had been some sort of chemical reaction between nearly all of the bondo I had used in shaping the bow, and the red epoxy primer. The rest of the boat was fine. It's still a mystery as to what happened. The photograph below shows the areas that I had to remove all of the paint and bondo from. I redid the bondo filler, the clear epoxy layer, and the red epoxy primer. There were no problems the second time around.
Following a couple of primer coats came the finish coats -- about six of them. I used an epoxy paint that was compatible with the epoxy primer. It got better and better looking with every coat.
On the bottom of the hull I screwed on tar and epoxy soaked 2x2's of coconut lumber. These would give the boat something to run up on when sliding around on the beach, and also provide the boat with a keel to make it easier to handle. Coco lumber doesn't really do well in water, but I figured I'd have to be replacing these runners every so often anyway since they would be the ones getting beat up on the rocks and sand, and eaten by the worms. You can see a side view of the "pegs" that fit in the holes of the step in the picture below.
When the paint was dry we flipped the boat over again. The finished bow.
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HOW BUILD A BIG BOAT
JUST A COUPLE MORE THINGS
A GOOD DAY
THE NOT SO POINTY END
THE INSIDE AND THE TOPSIDE
I THOUGHT I WAS FINISHED?
WHAT IT WAS BUILT FOR