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Well....I did it. I painted half the hull in the berth. Thanks to celenoglu for suggesting kedging to raise the hull. This was crucial. Not only does it provide better access on the side to be painted, but it stabilizes the boat. I was able to let out the stern and pull in the bow (or visa versa) as needed. In addition, the wind could have picked up substantially, and the wet paint would have still been high and dry. I didn't find a need to "Med Moore" the boat. I simply slacked the lines on the side I intended to paint. I put a block on the end of the halyard and ran another line (line 2) through it. I hoisted the block to the top of the mast, ran one end of line 2 to a dock cleat three boats down the dock (on the side of the boat not being painted), making sure it cleared my dock mates rigging. I ran the other end of line two into a block on deck (side to be painted) and back to a jib sheet winch. I could heel the boat 5 degrees by hand, 10 or more using the winch.
Conditions were good, light wind, about 70 degrees. I tried to work from a dingy, but quickly figured out it was better to work off the dock. for the lower sections, I sat on the dock with my legs in the water. Hooked my palm sander to a shop vac, and put a foam pad between the hull and the dock to catch additional dust. This kept any dust to a minimum. Initially, I was borrowing a double finger slip, but soon figured out that I could work off my single finger dock.
Note: The power supply came from shore power via the boat. I have GFI circuits on the boat. In fact, I got mildly zapped on the dock one time when I stupidly sprayed the dock with water with an extension cord on it! I also dropped a cord in the water. In both cases, the GFI instantly popped the circuit. My dock supply DOES NOT have GFI protection (hard to believe, but true!). I'm not an electrician, but would certainly NOT advise working with power tools on the dock, without GFI protection.
The pictures show the boat in position for preping and painting the bow to midships. When I needed access to midships to Stern, I would let out the bow line and pull in the stern line. The other picture is the Starboard side in same position.
I used single part paint, mainly because I didn't want to deal with learning to maneuverer the boat, and deal with two part paint at the same time. Having done it, I would have no hesitation in using two part paint.
The inconvenience of maneuvering the boat and extra dust control was out weighed by the commute to a yard, working in a nice familiar environment (my slip) for which I would be paying anyway. Sitting on the dock with your feet in the water (on a nice day), beats standing on scaffolding in a yard any day IMO!
I think it is worth considering painting your hull in the slip If:
You are in reasonably good shape
Your marina will allow it, or doesn't care enough to realize it's happening (my case!).
Last edited by L124C; 11-03-2011 at 06:24 PM.