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Old 06-05-2010, 13:25   #16
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Boracay - Buying from the chandlery rather than Home Depot/etc. may be equate to constancy in the product but it will certainly put you far above those "Cruising on $500 per Month" folks.

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Old 06-05-2010, 13:38   #17
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I use the same paint and varnish as the exterior. Brightsides paint and Flagship varnish. Might not be perfect but it works, is easy to apply, and it's one less product variety I need onboard.

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Buying from Home Depot is definitely a bad idea as almost all of the products they carry are architectural. These should never be used on a boat. "High Performance" or "Industrial" products can be bought at a good paint store that services industrial contractors for quite a bit less than Marine labelled stuff. For example, Westmarine sells perfection two part polyurethane at $129.99 per 1/2 gallon. I sell Benjamin Moore SuperSpec HP two part Aliphatic Urethane for about $105 Canadian per gallon. Thats well over twice the price for a label that says "Marine". The only truly unique marine paint is bottom paint. Everything that would be used on the topside has a far cheaper equivalent industrial coating. Paint companies often have identical products with different labels and marketing. Kitchen & Bath paints are the most common example of this. Topside paints are no different and it shouldn't be assumed that the word marine makes it better or worth the extra cost.
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Old 06-05-2010, 15:38   #19
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I would use zero VOC paint in the cabin.

Volatile Organic Compounds. That's not something you want to be breathing! New car smell, paint fumes, resin curing, those are all organic compounds. You may have to paint more often or do more meticulous prep, but your lungs and nervous system just might thank you.
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There are as many kinds of sailors as people in the world, but some sail way more than others. You want to be in the "I've been there-done that" category. You wont do that by sitting on the dock making yourself pretty.

Do the important repairs by asking a knowledgeable sailor what your boat needs most. Fix that. Then go sail your boat and learn and anchor in quiet coves and read sailing books at night. Greet the dawn with wanderlust and a cup of joe before you yank the hook and wander some more. You'll never believe all the cool people you'll meet and how life changes when you become a "traveler."

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