My first haul-out...
I'm about to schedule my first bottom paint job next week, and I wanted to get the learned panel's input. I'd like to have a epoxy barrier coat put on, but I can't swing it at the moment ($2,250). So my 27-year-old boat is going to have to live with two coats of ablative for the time being ($1,400). Currently the hull is blister-free (I think she spent a few years out of the water), and it pains me not to do what's best for her longterm health. Anyway, comments on the virtues of a barrier coat on an older boat would be appreciated. The only other work I'm going to have done -- so far as I know at this writing -- is to have the packing gland repacked. The seacocks are all newish, the keel bolts new... What else should I be looking for? I'm a little anxious, as it's my first time at this.