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Old 12-01-2014, 20:39   #256
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Re: Refitting a Compass 47

Exile and Minaret,

the mast is being professionally painted by Elite Marine. They are the yard where the mast is located. They specialize in older Bertram 31 restorations. They are going to do a sanding / corrosion removal, spray three primer coats, and two coats of paint. It is a budget job and being done for a reasonable cost (still a little more than I can afford lol). But, it is being done in the shop, so I can concentrate on other areas of the boat. They mentioned the paint and I believe it was a DuPont, but the name escapes me. They have done this budget job on a few different boats. No issues.
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Old 12-01-2014, 22:48   #257
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the mast is being professionally painted by Elite Marine. They are the yard where the mast is located. They specialize in older Bertram 31 restorations. They are going to do a sanding / corrosion removal, spray three primer coats, and two coats of paint. It is a budget job and being done for a reasonable cost (still a little more than I can afford lol). But, it is being done in the shop, so I can concentrate on other areas of the boat. They mentioned the paint and I believe it was a DuPont, but the name escapes me. They have done this budget job on a few different boats. No issues.


So no strip back to aluminum? You might be able to get them to apply their three coats of primer and a topcoat for the same price after you have stripped it yourself. It'd take you a long weekend to strip. Then you are not relying on the adhesion of the original paint to the aluminum. Just make sure they acid etch and alodine before priming. It's easy and fast. I get that you have enough on your plate though.
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Old 13-01-2014, 07:07   #258
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Good point Minaret. I will ask, but I think they have self service limitations when it comes to sanding/painting.
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Interesting . . . .

Btw, now that the mast is out, how does the mast step look? Need any attention?
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Interesting . . . .

Btw, now that the mast is out, how does the mast step look? Need any attention?



And what kind of coin was under there? I've seen some good ones, including gold. The better the coin, the more the luck! Mines a sterling silver British pound from 1696. I figure it's been around this long, it MUST be lucky! A gold coin doesn't tarnish though....
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The real question is how are you able to get so much work done with fishtails right there?
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And what kind of coin was under there? I've seen some good ones, including gold. The better the coin, the more the luck! Mines a sterling silver British pound from 1696. I figure it's been around this long, it MUST be lucky! A gold coin doesn't tarnish though....
So long as it's not a penny on an aluminum boat, right?!
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WOW! Your boat is looking great. You'll be a proud poppa when done and probably know every square inch of that boat. Great job.
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So long as it's not a penny on an aluminum boat, right?!
Depends on what the mast step on this aluminum boat is made out of.....
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Old 14-01-2014, 22:18   #265
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Interesting . . . .

Btw, now that the mast is out, how does the mast step look? Need any attention?
On initial inspection the step looks good, a little corrosion, and a few rusty bolts. Good news is it looks like all the bolts are able to be loosened. We will remove it from the boat and remove the corrosion. Hopefully it will be OK. I'll get some pictures up once it is out.
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And what kind of coin was under there? I've seen some good ones, including gold. The better the coin, the more the luck! Mines a sterling silver British pound from 1696. I figure it's been around this long, it MUST be lucky! A gold coin doesn't tarnish though....
No coin was found . I will try to find something cool. Maybe a vintage South African coin.
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The real question is how are you able to get so much work done with fishtails right there?
It is tough with that delicious food.
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WOW! Your boat is looking great. You'll be a proud poppa when done and probably know every square inch of that boat. Great job.
Thanks. It is a lot more boat than I am used to. I believe once I finish, It will make the systems/size seem less daunting.
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So, over the weekend, we dropped the rigging off to be built at Seco South. Also, I washed and waxed the port hull, played with the anchor fitment, reinstalled some interior trim, and emptied the port water tank. I have been filling and draining both tanks for a while now. Trying to get them clean.

I had the cushion person over to measure and it looks like I might be doing the main salon in Brisa and the staterooms in another fabric. She said Brisa is not good for sleeping berths, as the sheets have a hard time staying in place. We are leaning towards dark blue.

School is kicking my butt so work on the boat is slowing. But February 1st is my last day at my current job. Hopefully I can go a few weeks before I find a new job. I would love to get a few weeks of serious work done.
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So, over the weekend, we dropped the rigging off to be built at Seco South. Also, I washed and waxed the port hull, played with the anchor fitment, reinstalled some interior trim, and emptied the port water tank. I have been filling and draining both tanks for a while now. Trying to get them clean.

I had the cushion person over to measure and it looks like I might be doing the main salon in Brisa and the staterooms in another fabric. She said Brisa is not good for sleeping berths, as the sheets have a hard time staying in place. We are leaning towards dark blue.

School is kicking my butt so work on the boat is slowing. But February 1st is my last day at my current job. Hopefully I can go a few weeks before I find a new job. I would love to get a few weeks of serious work done.


You are even more batsh*t crazy than me! School, work, and a refit? Bonkers!

I do work, refit, and twin six year old girls myself.
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