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Bottom repair dilemma

Project: remove (10) coats of bottom paint, repair blisters, apply (5) coats of barrier coating and (2) coats of bottom paint.
I purchased our sailboat last fall and was unable to sail her to our current marina so I put her on the hard.

I have started repairing the bottom of our sailboat late Fall - early Winter. The bottom had about 10 coats of bottom paint and blisters. I resign the sanding method and hired a soda blasting contractor to remove the bottom paint. Did a so so job, removed the paint and most of the gel coat but not all of it. I started sanding down the areas and repairing the blisters, all is going fine but with family, work, other sailboat projects, and all else in life, I just didn't have the time to finish so I hired the small local marina to finish and after (3) months of no work, I decided to pull the plug on them and they were happy to release this from their schedule. I believe they bit off too much work and could not finish all their projects. And now, looking at some of their work performed this spring, not sure if I should have them do the work in the first place.

My dilemma....

Should I splash her, sail her over to my slip and current marina which is about 120 miles away via sailing without any barrier coat, blisters half repaired and not bottom paint, haul her back out and have them finish the work (or combination of performing some of the work). She would most likely be in the water for one week.
Unsure if being in the water without the work being completed would damage and saturate the hull with water, thus having the drying out period start all over again, and causing some of my work to be redone.

Or hire a transportation company ($900), plus unstepping and stepping the mast (+/-$500 to $600) and load and unload, etc... Expensive.

Or just bite the bullet, do as much work as I can myself and if it takes another month, so be it. But I am very short on time.... and was going to use any free time sailing...


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Re: Bottom repair dilemma

We've done this before and it wasn't a disaster but it will set your drying time back. Once you get back out of the water, aggressively wash the bottom with LOTS of fresh water, every other day for 2 weeks and then moisture meter the bottom. It should be back to where it was when you had to launch.
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