I almost had Ron talked out of going to the boat this weekend. I was not feeling enthusiastic about enduring a cold stiff wind off the lake again but, in the end, wanting to get the boat launched as soon as possible meant we'd have to make some progress now. Don't let the sun fool you, there was still a cool breeze but the sun helped keep things less miserable. Well that and the manual labor.
I was tasked with sanding the epoxy and painting the 'rudder post something or other' and the rudder. Far from perfect but it's done! I decided to paint the rudder as well because the leading edge of it was almost bare and if we're going to eek out another year with this bottom paint there are a few areas that need to be touched up, rudder included.
|Severely unprofessional job|
|But not SO bad once it's covered...right?!?|
|Interlux bottom paint|
|Looks easy, no? No, no it's not.|
|Getting better, but still a long way to go|
Last year when we loaded her down with stuff, which really wasn't even that much, the white strip between the dark blue and light blue was pretty much sitting at/under the surface of the water where most slime and nastiness likes to dwell. Hence the ugly brown stains. And since that finish isn't meant to sit in the water all the time we discovered a bunch of little bubble blisters under that white strip and on the bottom of the dark blue strip. They kind of look and feel like air bubbles under a sticker and they're all smaller than a pencil eraser. We've never noticed them before and know that old boats get blisters but we're just not sure if this is something we can wait to address next year when we move the water line or if something that has to be done right away. In the meantime, Ron is going to do some research and we'll talk with the marina to see what they say about it.
I'm reeeeeealy hoping we can just get rid of them when we strip the area down for new paint next spring.
|Just look at that difference!!|
|Our poor boat!|
Any thoughts on the blisters and/or raising the waterline?? We're very open to input at this time!
We're hoping to have her ready to launch next week some time, you know, unless those blisters turn out to be a major fiasco.