My boat has been in the water
since I bought her something over three years ago. I reckon I have sailed her about 10,000 miles -- more than she sailed in all the previous 9 years of her life.
Now I'm going to let her rest for a change -- in December, she goes on the hard
for three months with the mast
I'm going to have the rudder
dropped to inspect the bearings and steering gear
, prop refurbished at the factory, shaft checked for straightness and alignment, shaft seal
I'm going to have the bottom soda-blasted for new primer and antifoul, and have the topsides polished out and boot stripe repainted.
While the mast
is out, I will have the standing rigging
refurbished as necessary. I'm getting new laminated sails
One problem I haven't worked out is this -- my mast came white painted from Selden. My surveyor
told me -- never buy a boat with a painted mast! I ignored him, and now I understand why he said that -- the paint
is bubbled up in some places where I guess there has been some kind of corrosion
-- usually near rivets or joints.
How do we deal with these areas? They are not large -- I guess not more than 1% of the whole area of the mast, so I can't imagine the mast needs a total repaint. Is it possible to grind off the paint
in those areas and repaint? How have the rest of you dealt with this problem, that is, the rest of you who have the dreaded painted masts?