Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?
When we re-fit Laurie Anne we had parts of the topsides re-gelcoated where the teak decks were removed and we had to match the existing gelcoat. Our fiberglass guy also re-did sections of the house sides where it was scratched or damaged. Looks great, you can't tell it ever had teak decks. We also had all the gelcoat redone on the house sides on our crab boat by the same guy, looks new and should last forever. He does this routinely for commercial fishing boats, paint doesn't tend to last long on them. It is time consuming, but the cost was less than half again what paint would have been and gelcoat is easily (by a competent glass guy) repaired. He sprayed it on, wet sanded, buffed and polished it. For long term, or hard use, it makes a lot of sense.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse