I have boat
on a trailer
, a 12,000 pound, 37-foot shadow draft ketch
, that I will be bottom-painting this spring in prep for splash.
It's in a boat
yard that is quite a way from the water
and does not have a lift
, so I plan to paint
it on the trailer
, with Interlux
VC-17. (It will be in fresh water
, when I get it to the water.)
The boat contacts the trailer in ten spots - two screw pads on each side, two wooden wedges inserted between the frame and the hull
on each side, and two places where the keel
rests on trailer cross-members.
I think I can safely remove the pads and wedges, one at a time - bracing the hull
with external jackstands, if it seems necessary.
But the two spots on the keel
I can't paint
without moving the boat.
The way I see it I have three choices:
- jack up the boat, as it sits in the trailer, then roll the trailer forward a few feet, or
- wait until I get the boat to the water, then ask the lift operator to let it hang long enough for me to paint, or
- just say hell with it, and don't bother to paint those two small spots.
AIUI, VC-17 applies easily and dries quickly, so #2 is feasible.
#1 requires jackstands and cribbing, which I might be able to borrow it rent from the boatyard. I certainly don't want to buy it for a one time use. (And don't want to haul to whatever yard or marina I have this boat in when I paint again next year.)
#3, though, is easy. Just do nothing.
How bad would the growth be, in a season in northern fresh water? (Lake Pepin, between Minnesota
One thing - it's a beachable boat. I should be able scrub the bottom with a brush on a painter's handle. The boat only draws twenty inches.