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The bottom of my SanJuan 24 (pics)

So i bought the boat..1976 SanJuan 24. The previous owner said it needed a bottom job...sailed it up from Fort Myers... sailed it a couple more times than i pulled it out... boy did it need a bottom job!! haha

So it started with a large scraper...resembling a garden hoe straightened out. After scraping it was orbital sanders..some 30; 40 grit sanding discs. My buddy and i spent many Wednesdays getting the boat smooth for the wipe down and coat of sealer primer.

After primer it was three coats of West Marines Gold ablative paint. Very happy with the end product... like having air in the tires.

I like to think this is the last do it yourself bottom job i will participate in.


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Nicely done. I'd point out that doing the bottom paint is far more economical than paying to have the yard do it...and, now that you've done it properly, will be far less a PITA to do next time. I hope you used a different color for the first coat of ablative paint. The reason for doing so is it allows you to visually see where the ablative is getting thin and just recoat those high wear areas as needed.


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Very nice job! Its funny how the previous onwers version of a bottom job was probably more than you were expecting. All of those barnacles must have made for a slow sail. What yard did you use and where are you sailing out of?

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