Suggest you find some ring shank nails while you are here in the states. They're old-school boat
building nails designed not to pull out. Can be had in copper, bronze
, stainless, or galvanized. Available in stainless and galvanized at Home Depot.
As far as caulking goes, are you building with plywood
or solid lumber
? Matters since old-school boat building with solid lumber
planking usually relies on the wood swelling up to make gaps between planking shrink, hence the cotton or oakum caulking. If plywood
, then better to have tight joints with some adhesive
As far as paint
goes, look for some type of oil
based paint. Acrylic
paints tend to soften when exposed to water
P.S. Sounds like a fun project
, post some pictures when you are done!