"Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girls sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such."
-- Homer Simpson

Don’t have no master suite

OK, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but what better excuse to get back into it than my boat! :-)

With yesterday’s lovely afternoon weather, I finally got out to the boat to do the anti-fouling paint below the waterline (the copper-coloured bottom in the picture at right). A friend from work (who’s also a sailor) brought his pressure-washer and we spent the afternoon alternating the support pads on the cradle so that we could wash and paint the entire bottom of the hull. The copper colour will fade as the boat sits in the water, but it was just gleaming in the afternoon sun yesterday!

I’m also redoing the decorative striping along the side of the hull, just below the deck. It had been done previously with blue vinyl tape inserted into the inset stripes (and a couple of stars), covering up the original paint, which was apparently red. However, the vinyl tape was peeling and generally looking crappy, so I pulled it all off and then cleaned, sanded, and cleaned it again. After I took the picture posted here, I then masked out the inset area and put on the first coat of paint (which should look a whole lot nicer than the tape). I didn’t have my camera with me yesterday, so I had to resort to using my phone to take the picture…I’ll post more pictures as I get further on.

After I finish with the painting, I’ll need to deal with the topside hull (the part above the waterline). There are a few cracks in the gelcoat that need repair, and the hull is generally dull and grimy, so I’m going to clean it and then gloss it up with some rubbing compound, and then wax the whole thing…needless to say, my shoulders are not going to be pleased with me this week! :-)

I’m also debating painting the stripe just above the waterline (above the anti-fouling paint), as it’s looking pretty ragged…but we’ll see how the week goes. I’m hoping to launch next week, so I may leave some stuff for next year.

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