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Topsides job in the eastern Caribbean ?

I need the topsides painting on my 44 ft 30 year old MAB. I do not need a sprayed Awlgrip finish that I can use as a mirror. Just a serviceable job that I am not ashamed of.

Can anybody give me a steer to a good yard that can do a reliable job at a reasonable price.

One yard who would spray Awlgrip is talking about $12k.
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Hi TQA

you could do the prep work yourself and then have someone else do the spray work, as long as the topsides are in okay shape it would probably turn out pretty good.
I have used regular enamel paint before with decnt results and fair durability but it takes atleast 6 weeks to cure. it would be quite awhile before you could let it rub against any bumpers. this could be a really inexpensive option

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This is my forever boat so I will have it done in two part polyurethane either International or Awlgrip.

The local guys all seem to use Awlgrip.
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Sail down to Cartagena, it is only 1,000 miles and out of the hurricane zone and you will get the paint job for about $2,000.

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I was really surprised how well the Awlgrip roll & tipped and it took a LOT less material than spray only 48 oz of mixed paint on a 29' hull per coat


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Sail down to Cartagena, it is only 1,000 miles and out of the hurricane zone and you will get the paint job for about $2,000.

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Transitting Venezuelan waters seems to be risky and while getting there is an easy sail getting back to my preferred cruising area is tough.

I had intended to get it painted by Varadero Caribe in Cumana but the situstion in Venezuela is just too crazy just now.
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The yard in Tyrell Bay in Carriacou is well thought of by our Caribbean sailing friends.. not sure if painting is on their list of services, but it might be worth checking out.

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I was really surprised how well the Awlgrip roll & tipped and it took a LOT less material than spray only 48 oz of mixed paint on a 29' hull per coat

The hull looks beautiful! Any tips for how you went about getting such a shiny job? I am thinking about awlgripping the topsides using a miniroller and brushing the paint on and am interested in hearing about your experiences.

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I did spray a LOT of 545 primer and spent a good deal of time wet sanding it

I used the Awlgrip recommended foam roller and good brush to tip and the paint really went on pretty easy with the biggest issue being waiting for the prefect week

I waited 8 months seriously i was ready last fall when Earl came through and never got a good week till this spring in may with low overnight humidity

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Looks like the best deal I can get is down in Trinidad with Yacht Maintenance Services: Allen Dowden.

I will post before and after shots.
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