Join Date: Mar 2009
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with southern hemisphere summer coming up it's nearly time to do every sailors second least favorite job, sanding back old anti fouling.(I think fixing the head rates slightly worse)
I saw an interesting article in an English sailing mag a while back and thought I would see if anybody had any thoughts as to how it would work.
The author had an electric sander set up mounted on a pole(using the holes that you would normally screw a handle into). He then had the pole and sander suspended on a rope so that it almost balanced. Apparently all he did was lock sander switch "on", stood at the outer end of the pole and used gravity to help him rather than having to hold a sander over your head on flater sections, eg; aft of keel.
I have never seen this being used so I thought I would put it out there and see if anybody had any ideas or experience doing this. I don't want to end up tangled in a mass of extension cords, poles and angry sanders(still running). Of course all this would be in full view of many "experts" who would tell me how silly I looked!
I hope I have explained this system well enough. Any feedback would be welcome.