Ever wonder what the threshold of Hell looks like? After the last four days of sanding, sweating and swearing while sanding the boat bottom down to the gelcoat, I feel like I can now enlighten you. We were told over and over that redoing the bottom paint on a boat is the worst boat job there is. Then we thought, "Nah, it can't be that bad. We've done plenty of hard work before, this will be a pain, but we can do it". Our eyes have been opened my friends.
We started out taping the new waterline and decided to put up some more painter's tape up to give the duct tape something to stick to other than the hull...that residue is a real PITA to get off, but you know we can't say no to duct tape. Then we had to get the tarp around the boat in some slightly gusty breezes and, naturally, Ron was in a full-blown cursing tantrum in about 3 seconds flat. Joy.
|Smiling from exhaustion|
|Inch by inch...|
|My general mood during the project|
|Done done done!!!|
Some things we've learned:
- Don't use cheap duct tape
- Change the sanding pad often
- Wear earplugs! Ouch
- You might get sore enough that even deep breathing can be painful, but it gets better...by the end
- After a day or two you get into a rythm
- You will curse you're decision (the entire time) to do it yourself and vow to budget to pay for it next time
- Suck it up and do it, just once
Now, we wait for a weather window to start painting, and painting I can handle!