Got started pretty early today, as soon as it was warm enough to paint. I hung the rudder under the porch so we could paint both sides of it without problems.
After tape, before paint.
After the first coat of Pettit Protect. This is an epoxy barrier coat that prevents water from being absorbed into the glass, causing blisters. Fiberglass is MOSTLY waterproof. This is supposed to make it really waterproof. We got more texture on this than I’d like, but I can live with it. It’s not a race boat. For some reason I always have a hard time with Pettit primers rolling out really smooth.
This is after the second coat.
This is after the first coat of Vivid. That is BLUE! Like Caribbean houses blue. I love it.
This right after we finished sanding but before we had patched the sink drain through hull. It’s been raining here for days and I can’t seem to get a window of dry weather long enough to do the bottom paint and it’s required cure time before getting it wet.
Forgive me, these are a bit out of order. Tonight I went out and finish sanded all the fairing compound, sanded the bottom of the keel, and then scrubbed the entire hull with scotchbrite and water to remove all the sanding residue. My arms are wrecked again.
This is when we were patching. Patches were 2 layers of alternating 10 oz woven cloth and 18 oz woven roving. Once this initial patch had kicked but before it was fully cured I pulled the peel ply off and added 5 layers of the same.
Patches were sanded with a flap wheel to roughly level them and then I used TotalBoat TotalFair to fair them up. I love WEST System but for fairing this stuff is the best. Goes on really smooth and sands easy. You can see in the following pic where I moved the sink drain from the turn of the bilge to further down nearer the keel. Where it was, only an octopus would have been able to close it in an emergency. Now it’s right inside a cabinet door where I can get to it.
These were the inlet and exit for the old marine head. I installed a composting head so they weren’t needed. Closing up through-hulls is a pain in the ass.
This was a big weekend to get a ton done. We got all of the finished headliners installed (3 left – we ran out of headliner material) Lorena cut all the headliner parts, I just glued them and installed them. I installed the last battery and finished the cables. Sink and drawer mostly installed. I keep having to revise my drawer slide strategy because I’m not smart.
And we got the flooring in! Lorena made a pattern and cut the flooring out and it fit perfectly. Looks great. It’s EVA foam made to look like teak and holly. Very nice on the feet. I have some in the cockpit of my Finn and it wears well.
Also the overhead lamps are in. They have a red feature for supercool after dark stealth missions. Or if you just want to make it look like you’ve called a red alert.
Swim ladder will be tough to use if there’s a solar panel here. Anyone have any ideas?
This is the little compartment under the bottom step. It’s cut out next to the engine so that I can get to the raw water pump. I am going to make a small panel that fits there to keep it separate from the engine space. There’s also a small ‘floor’ that goes in here to separate it from the bilge as well. From left to right we have the Blue Sea ACR up top and the battery bank use switch below it. To the right of that is the positive bus (that’ll have a cover as well), then the shunt for the Victron BMV-712 and below that the negative bus. To the right is a post for the negative battery cables and far right is the fresh water pump for the galley. There’s a ton of crap crammed in there but it’s all usable. Hooking up the start/reserve battery next, it’s in the bilge space immediately forward of this.
Added one more pic from tonight. All battery cables are in. Some wire looms still to be installed but the hard part is done. Wrestling those big cables is a pain.