Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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Missing the big picture here?
The OP spent $1250 for his 24' boat. While I don't advocate painting with porch paint, let's not forget it is a 40 year old plastic boat. Instead of spending a ton of money on top quality marine deck paint and hours upon hours prepping the surface with sanding, primers/solvent washes, rolling and tipping, just wash it down, rough it up a bit, and paint it with a decent, but inexpensive marine deck paint, and be done with it. Sail the boat, sail it hard, sail it often. When the deck gets to a point where you think it looks bad, repeat the process.
I often get a kick out of folks that buy boats and spend all day polishing, fixing, cleaning, painting, whatever to make them look beautiful, but never sail them. I spend the bare minimum time and $ to keep my boat in sailing condition. Even so, it's a well maintained.
Last summer, I went out on the launch early on a Saturday with one of my mooring neighbors. Wind was great and I was looking forward to a fun sail. 8 h later I rode the launch back with the same guy. I asked him if he got out and enjoyed the consistent 15 kt breeze. We had a blast. He said no, he polished wood and brass in his cabin all day. He then asked me if that was blue tape on one of my portlights. I said yes. I told him that I had a small leak and was using the tape to keep the water out and would eventually would get to it. Tape is still on the portlight, almost 10 months later. I will get to it in the next two weeks, but I also managed to get 50 full day sails in in the meantime, and not worry about it.