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Re: OMG, She's Topless!
Great Boat Porn!!!
Boat Porn is right!
It's funny but I actually felt quite uncomfortable about her bare topsides being on display for all and sundry to perve at and am much happier now she's been moved amongst some of the other boats in the middle of the yard.. with her 'underclothes' (a coat of primer) on at least.
What are your plans with her now? Is it possible to put a clear coating, like epoxy, over the wood?
It would be - and that's what we did above the rubbing strake a couple of years ago - but the area above the rub strake is protected from the sun by a full-length boat-cover. The summer sun is mighty hot down here and clear-coat is far too much work, so she'll be back to her usual white again as soon as the rain let's up.
As far as it being a lot of work, it took two of us a day to do both sides plus one coat of primer (rolled on) so it's not as bad as you'd think. The old paint was practically falling off by itself..
Our sailing season starts up again next weekend, so we've got one week to undercoat, topcoat and get her back in the water, but the main aim is to get her looking not-shabby for the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival coming up in March.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"