Monday, May 19, 2014

Are Boat Surprises Always Bad?

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
 While I was working freezing under the boat, Ron was soaking in the sunshine...while also doing a major upper body workout. Hullabaloo was in desperate need of a good compounding and waxing to get rid of the white, chalky residue that covered her. We got half of the boat done and will have finish the job next time. Yippy. We'd also really like to get another coat of wax on her before she goes in the water but that may have to wait and be done on a calm morning from the dinghy.

Looks easy, no? No, no it's not.
Getting better, but still a long way to go
I've probably mentioned this before, but next year when we redo the bottom paint on the boat we'll also be moving the waterline up...a ways. I think because the boat has always been used pretty lightly that there was never a need to accomodate more weight and move it, but we'll be adding a substantial amount of weight with gear and belongings so up, up, up it must go! How far...we don't know!

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!!
Of course, with Ron madly buffing the nasty grime right next to the bottom paint, a lot of that was rubbed off too. I think we're going to have to up our redneck status this year and just use the quart we have to hit the waterline and parts of the keel that need a little refreshing. I say this because the paint in the can is darker than the paint on the boat and there may be a slight line between the two. And you thought this winter with the tarps was bad? You haven't seen anything yet. Budget boating at it's best!
Our poor boat!

You can clearly see the growth line going into the dark blue bootstripe. If you look closely at the bootstripe on the right you can see little white spots near the bottom, those would be the blisters.

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.


  1. My thoughts on the blisters: Those are cosmetic surface/gelcoat blisters. I've seen bigger, meaner, more structural blisters on some of our previous boats that put those to shame. Enjoy the boat this year and consider a barrier coat next year when you raise the waterline.

    Oh, and that 'rudder post something or other' is a partial rudder skeg.

    1. That's what I was hoping to hear, thanks Kevin!

      Thanks for the clarification too...but 'Partial rudder skeg' is no where near as fun to say! ;)