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Old 26-10-2008, 02:23   #1
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Thumbs up Cessation of Major Sanding Operations

I gotta tell someone .

Major milestone reached today; I have completed the removal of all paint, vanish, antifouling and what have you today. The entire boat inside and out have been taken back to bare wood. There is no more stuff to sand, scrape or otherwise remove. I started in July 2002 - only taken 6 years.

OK, I have done some stuff as well in that time frame like fit new engine, shaft, prop, tanks, exhaust, controls. Replaced 30% of deck and new cockpit, cockpit coaming, new gunwales, rebuilt mast, new rigging, new chainplates, new hatches, new windows, epoxied the exterior (and glass below waterline) and painted. I have also epoxied and painted 2/3 of the interior after fitting a couple of quarter bulkheads, some extra frames, new head and fitted a samson post.

And there is still a lot left to do like 1/3 interior, another floor, cabin sole, refit bunks, fit new gallery, fit new batteries with distribution panel and wiring, radios, bilge pumps and such like. Outside there is only the staunchions to fit and pulpit / pushpit to make and fit.

But it feels good knowing there is no more paint to remove.

I going out to celebrate
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Old 26-10-2008, 02:35   #2
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I bet you've missed a bit

Methinks a drink (or two?) in celebration has been well and truly earned. 6 years?........see you next week?
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Old 26-10-2008, 05:05   #3
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Good on ya, mate!! I used to live in Cottesloe about a block off the beach. Of course that was YEARS ago when they still had a beach patrol of old men telling the bikini-clad girls to "cover up"!!

You've been working a LONG time on your project. Congrats! I just completed doing only a six month refit of a 1982 Liberty 28 Custom Cutter that was in pretty good shape to begin with. She's currently in transport to Punta Gorda, Florida having just left my father-in-law's farm up here in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. And I thought I was tired of messing with a boat after six months. I can't imagine six years!!! Wow!

Send us a pix if you can...


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Old 26-10-2008, 07:29   #4
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Ah yes, the pics, should have realized someone would ask? I must find the camera, dust it down, charge the battery, take some snaps, download them and then upload them.

Still I have a bit more time now the sanding is done .

As for the six years, I must not tell a lie, I haven't been working on the boat continuously as I had a year break (new girlfriend ) and also moved house three times (and renovated three houses). The boat was moved to three different backyards. All takes time.

DOJ, if you can find some old paint left on, you might also find a broomstick in that place where the sun don't shine and can help out by sweeping up the dust
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