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Re: free board painting
This is difficult to do properly - esp the prep phase. It's hard to work near the waterline without dunking your hands/tools in the drink occasionally, and areas like under the transom (counter) are virtually impossible to do this way.
btw you're the area you're discussing is more properly called the 'topsides'. I've seen it done in the water, once with a sprayer, and a lot of wooden boats are done this way but for most woodies there's a lower standard of finish (esp fishboats, etc)
We partially prepped a 40 footer at the dock some years back, but then hauled her into a shed and spent another 16 days finishing up, painting and striping. That was a huge job and had we done it all in the shop I reckon it would have only added a few days. All the time spent repositioning the boat and working at long reaches/awkward angles ultimately made more work refairing.
If you want a real good result I don't think this is 'THE' plan.
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