Sunday, October 30, 2016

Annie's New Paint - Part 2

The paint job continues.

It was hard to see in the previous post's pictures but some of the rolling and tipping was rough. I decided to spray the second coat. With the exception of a couple runs, (which I'll work out next week), the spraying was better.

I'll buff her to a shining sheen once her paint has dried and hardened adequately... then she'll get her boot stripe and name.

Fair seas and God bless!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Annie's New Paint - Part 1

Annie got her first coat of topside paint today.

I used Jamestown Distributors Totalboat Wet Edge paint coupled with Totalboat Brushing Thinner and so far, I'm very impressed. The paint has great flow and was perfect for "Rolling and Tipping," (however, the roller and the tipper need some more practice). The job went smoothly once we settled into it, but there will be a need for a second coat and sanding between the coats. (Thanks to Paul for helping).

All in all however, I am pleased with the first day of painting. I will let the paint set up well for 24/36 hours, wetsand with 220 grit sandpaper and then apply a second coat. Part 2 will be posted once the second coat is finished on Thursday.

Fair seas and God bless!

(Time lapse video posted here).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chainplates... I'm Too Old for This!

The survey trip to Saint Lucia was great... If you're interested, there's lots of information regarding that on Sailor's Mission.

My chainplates came in from Westsail Parts, preceding my arrival from Saint Lucia. I don't know if I mentioned it in a previous post, but I had a professional rigger inspect my rigging and he pointed out some microcracks in almost all Annie's chainplates. Obviously, being a major component of the boat, they had to be replaced... "Easier said than done."

When Westsail built the W32, I don't think they were overly concerned with ease of replacement regarding the chainplates. I had to contort my body in ways that a fifty-eight year old man is not intended to contort. "I'm too old for this" was the phrase that echoed through my mind while being twisted in so many painful and unnatural positions. That was especially true while I was lying down in the hanging locker trying to reach the starboard forward chainplate bolts. (I eventually hired a young, small framed, mechanic from the boatyard to conquer that particular chainplate... it was well worth the twenty bucks).

Bottom line - the new chainplates are on and I can now move on to painting Annie and splashing her.

Fair seas and God bless!