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Old 06-05-2011, 21:09   #1
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Painting the Topsides While at Anchor

How would you go about painting the topsides down to the bottom paint while on a hook?
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Old 06-05-2011, 21:31   #2
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Re: Painting the topsides while at anchor

Build some kind of raft workboat. Fit fender-like spacers at waterline. Do only the shady side. Expect rain and jetskis.
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Re: Painting the Topsides while at Anchor

I wouldn't.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:57   #4
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Re: Painting the Topsides while at Anchor

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Re: Painting the Topsides While at Anchor

Nor I and you might find yourself in a legal situation if you accidently drop any paint in the water.
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Re: Painting the Topsides While at Anchor

Yes, you can do it in the water as I did here, but you need a calm working spot well away from other boat traffic

You would also need to dramatically reduce the weight on-board to raise the boot stripe far enough up to work on prep and painting from a floating pontoon.

Think of removing Masts/Rigging/Ground Tackle/ all fuel and water as what is needed.

Alternately you could rig up a quiet spot to safely go aground enough to give the boot stripe clearance…. but that is a complicated process and as others have said… not recommended.

When I did SG in 07. it was for major cosmetic upgrades because of poor paint adhesion when she was last painted before I bought her



Since I had found a quiet commercial spot to put together a team the boat was gutted/masts off/ decks ground down to steel


So prepping and painting her in the water was a practical solution given the rest of the works



My next hull painting will be done during dry-docking
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Re: Painting the Topsides While at Anchor

A slightly different approach to Pelagics' method would be to shift some ballast or weight forward, and hang a heavy weight off the boom to one side. This way your stern would be up and rolled higher out of the water. Paint the aft half, then let it dry, shift things and do the forward side. Repeat on the opposite side.

I did it once with my Grampian. Pained it from the dinghy, with spray bombs. Technique worked fine, result sucked. oh well I was young and not so bright in those days.





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Re: Painting the Topsides While at Anchor

You can. But I would'nt do it. Its scary, you can drown if things dont go right.
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Re: Painting the Topsides While at Anchor

When doing the around the boot stripe, try to find an old tide grid to set the boat on if you have a full keel. You can do the upper 2/3 of the hull from a float and then move boat to tide grid to finsih the bottom 1/3. It may take several tide changes to get things done that way, but walking around on the ground is easier than trying to do it from a raft.
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