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post #4 of Old 10-24-2008
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If you're planning on keeping this boat a while, it might make sense to sodablast it down to the gelcoat—which is one of the fastest, easiest and safest ways to clear off all the bottom paint—and then barrier coat the bottom and then paint it with a few layers of ablative paint. Do the base coat of ablative in a different color than the later layers, so you can see when it is time to touch it up.

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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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