I've had my boat hauled in Urbanna VA for the past few months working on various things, living on her for the duration except for doing a boat delivery
from the Canaries
to St. Lucia in December. I have to say, living on a boat up on the hard
in winter, even in southern VA, is a complete and total PITA. We hates it. I'm so ready to get back in the water
The biggest job was painting the topsides. The previous paint
job was just starting to fail in a few spots and it was clear that the longer I left repainting her the more arduous it would be. So, I bit the bullet and figured I would change her color in the process to flag blue.
I did pretty much all of the prep work and I now have a deep appreciation for why it costs so much to paint
a boat. From the initial scrubdown through the sanding
of the original paint and between four primer coats, to the fairing and taping and solvent washing
I must have put 80 hours in. Decided to paint her with Awlcraft for repairability and ease of topcoating her down the line when the paint gets a bit tired.
I'm pretty happy with how she turned out:
Taking off what was left of the old paint sheen:
After two coats of high build primer and tons of sanding
and fairing, she got three coats of 545:
Then three coats of Awlcraft 2000:
Adding a windvane
, we drilled the holes then mounted the brackets and the vane after the topcoats were on:
When she got power washed at haulout, a nasty surprise came to light. The rudder
skeg must have been damaged previous to my ownership
and repaired. The glasswork was good, but the fairing was not. Much of the filler, some of which looked like bondo, came right off, so I ground it all down to the glass and started over. What a pain:
Sealed with 545, then faired and sealed again.
When it's warm enough she's getting black bottom paint
to set off the blue topsides.
I'm stripping 20 years of varnish
off the caprails now while I wait for it to warm up enough to put bottom paint
on. It's taken me about 20 hours so far. I'm NOT going to varnish
them again as it's just too much work, there is no way to protect it, and the maintenance
topcoats each year are going to be a bear to apply along the outside under edge. I'm going to clean them and oil
them and see how it fares for a year or two and if I don't like the result, will probably go with Cetol.
Then I have to fix my SSB
, then find a replacement anemometer, and then...well, you get the idea. It's a boat.