Hey everybody! I have an exciting new project
on the horizon. Our 43' Mauritius needs a strip and bottom job. Riveting
, I know.
My plan is to get the boat
up to Bock Marine
in NC and get this over with in May. Sadly, the SW Florida
area is pretty crap for do-it-yourself. The closest options are Glades and Port Charlotte. For one, I have to drop the rig and, for the other, I need to cut a foot off the keel
. It's getting too hot here anyway.
We're putting supplies together for the project
. I'm well equipped in the tool department, but I need to decide on how I'm going to remove the bottom without it taking another lifetime. I've done this before on a 31 footer with gelcoat
blistering and 40+ years of paint
(original primer) using PeelAway and a 6" RO. It took 2 weeks to strip and fair. I'd like to work
faster, this time.
This is a home-built boat
that never wore any gelcoat
. The original, painstaking fairing job, was done by hand by the builder
. She was built with a male temporary mold
and c-flex, I think. After a year or so in the Carib the fairing compound was coming off. The owner did a rough and ready strip and fair in Grenada
(basically faired only down to the keel) and barrier coated with WEST and their flake additive. There was a fresh coat of ablative put on a year ago, but the barrier coat is coming off underneath and I'm looking at GRP wherever the paint
comes off. Fort Myers
Beach is notorious for fouling, so I'm over the side weekly to keep a reef off the boat. Serious PITA. The surveyor
found no blisters
in the laminate (I've found a couple in the fairing) and I'd like to keep things that way. Warm water
and bare glass are keeping me up at night.
The attached images show how she looks now
. The good news is there isn't that much paint on.
So here are my options, strip wise:
-Festool RAS 115 $360
Basically a grinder with good dust collection. Intended for heavy stripping and paint removal
. I'm already a festool user (not a full cultist), have the HEPA Vacuum and a pretty good hand (lots of hours) with a grinder. I'm entertaining this option because it's much cheaper, I can use the tool for other projects and there isn't that much paint on this bottom.
-Paintshaver Pro 12 AMP $850
This is apparently the real deal in paint or bottom shaving. I've never used one, but the marine
version can take off layers of laminate. I can use my HEPA vac with it. This tool excites me (no social life), but it's mega money
. I don't mind buying
good tools, but this one I can only imagine using once. I'm not a "bottom guy" (make your jokes). Maybe it would sell on ebay afterwards.
Other options are chemical stripper (PeelAway), which is so pricey that I may as well buy a new tool. It cost about $300 for a 31 footer. Then there's medium blasting, which I'm not crazy about because I've seen some real hack jobs and I've always done my own work
. It'll need a little fairing as she's pretty bumpy around the keel
right now, so the faster I get the crap off the more time we've got to fair.
So what do you guy think? Anybody used the PaintShaver? Is it as heavenly as it sounds?