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post #26 of Old 03-23-2009
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One point to make. If you go with epoxy resins, please paint the deck with very light colors, white or very close to white. Epoxy resin thermally deforms at a lower temperature than does polyester or vinylester resin, and painting it a dark color can lead to issues.

One of the funniest things I've seen is a friend's boat has "foot prints" in the deck. It was a home-built trimaran made with Airex foam and epoxy and glass. The deck was originally painted that wonderful dark blue that you see on Moodys... and I had warned against it.... One day, about a week after it was painted, it was really hot and sunny...and another friend, who weighs about 300 lbs... was getting on the boat carrying a tub full of supplies... he left foot prints in the deck, not exact replicas of his feet, but big shallow dents where he stepped, about 1/4" deep.... he also burned the soles of his feet pretty good. That weekend, we ended up repainting the deck... it's now almost white. The feetprints are still there...

As for re-doing the non-skid... consider that a bonus... you have to paint the deck in any case...

Glad to help... if you need more advice... let us know.


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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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