August-September 2013: What is it about the green ones?


    Rachel modeling our new scaffolds as she enters the Nth hour of topside prep. The paint steps to make this boat how we want are to first scrub the hull by normal methods, then solvent clean, then sand, then apply 1-2 coats of 2-part epoxy primer (sanding and solvent cleaning in between of course), then multiple rounds of fairing compound, another 1-2 coats of primer, then sand and longboard, one final solvent clean then 3-4 coats of 2-part urethane topcoat (wet sanding in between), then 2-3 more coats of bootstripe, bead and bulwark paint. Then wax. Waxing just seems so easy by comparison...


    This boring photo represents 4-5 hours sanding while lying on your back with a respirator, face shield, hearing protection and long sleeves being covered with toxic paint dust. Then comes the cleaning and fairing, 4 coats of epoxy and 3 more of bottom paint. :-D


    Laminating the pilothouse wall plies. 2 sheets of 5/8 marine ply scarfed, cut, faired and slotted for ship bolts. Nothing left to do but sheath the sides, fair, paint the inboard face and install!


    Mocking up the new galley layout, fridge compartment will be outboard of the two sinks. In order to cut out the bulkhead and gain an extra 7 inches of countertop depth we're replacing the 2x2 teak beam that used to ride underneath the cockpit leading edge (via the now-cutoff screws) with a 6x1/4 aluminum plate whose bottom will match the crown of the bottom edge. Should look pretty slick when we're done and be similar stiffness and many times stronger than the old beam.


    Totally unrelated to any boat progress, Seņor Bruno ("The silent fox") is now fully outfitted for nighttime cruising. No more man's-best-friend overboard drills.


    Rebuilding our bargain basement hydraulic cylinder, which as sold to us had no piston cap gasket (?). Oh well, I wanted to strip the parts and paint them properly anyway...


    We are now beginning the laborious process of fairing the topsides. It looks as though someone made a half hearted attempt to do this previously. We're going to fix all this and make her shine.


    New fuel supply and return valves. We've replaced the squeaky, leaky and oh so confusing valve train from the top half of the photo with the two very simple ball valves in the bottom. If they point to port you're using the port tanks. If they point to starboard you're using the starboard tanks. If they're down there is no fuel flow. Why was this so complicated before?


    Same goes for the raw water intake strainer. When we removed the old strainer-on-a-stick the thruhull broke off in my hands. This is a 1" hole int he boat, 29" below the waterline. Never mind that the strainer was clogged to the gills and completely uncleanable (how do you spell "seized engine"?). Not that I would expect it to these days but none of these boat-sinking problems appeared on the survey report.


    Let'er shine! First coat of topside paint on our primed, faired test patch. For all who have been asking, this is the color the hull will be, with black stripes at the boot, the bead and the bulwark.