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|French to English translations [PRO]|
Tech/Engineering - Ships, Sailing, Maritime / yacht construction
|French term or phrase: flipoter|
|Hi everyone. This concerns a beautifully restored classic yacht whose topside seams have had strips of wood let into them: Les coutures ont ensuite été flipotées jusqu’à la flottaison. Is there an English verb to describe this job?|
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patched/repaired with dutchmen
IN construction, as opposed to boatbuilding, where I have encountered "flipot", it refers to repair of rot or otherwise damaged wood by cutting out the damage and inserting a new piece, filling in cracks, etc.
It's call a dutchman. Not a flying one.
However, I wonder in your case if it does not refer to what you see on some expensive wooden boats where the main planks of the deck or hull are a dark or light colour, and between them, in the joints, is inlaid a thin strip of darker or lighter wood. Not being a repair technique but purely a matter of aesthetics, it might have another name.
From my notes:
Flipot Dutchman (piece of wood inserted in crack, poorly made joint, etc.) Forbes, Web, Dicobat
Dutchman - Wooden block or wedge used to fill the void in a badly made butt or joint; a graving piece or repairing patch in a deck; filler; shim; short plank
graving piece A piece of wood that is inserted into the hull of a boat to replace existing, decaying wood.
Flipot Morceau de bois long et mince, de section triangulaire et d'épaisseur variable, débité dans un bois bien de fil, et servant à reboucher les gerces des grosses pièces destinées à demeurer apparentes ou à être peintes
Flipot : (fli-po), n. m. Terme de menuiserie. Petite pièce rapportée pour couvrir un défaut dans quelque ouvrage
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|Notes to answerer|
|Asker: these pieces of wood are let into the seams on the side of the ship above the waterline, not the deck as far as I know, the purpose is to give a smoother finish than if the seams were caulked.|
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