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Hmmm, I would have shot it with tractor supply enamel with a hardener added. And they have canary yellow.
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28 bucks a gallon. Me likey. But it says it's only for metals. Also, I don't want to spray. So it's gotta be roller or roll/tip.

I actually, honestly, seriously thought about being uber cheap and spraying it with spray paint. Really. But, as quickly as it would come off, it just wasn't worth the hassle in repainting and touch ups (take the boat apart, masking, etc.).

I figure if I gelcoat it, it should last another 40 years (or until it breaks apart the first time we sail it).


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Re: Beach Cats in Rehab!

I've really wondered how this Appliance Epoxy stuff would hold up. It comes in both spray and cans.

Krylon Appliance Epoxy Paint White, Size: 16 oz, Net Wt: 12.5 oz

I used it on the plywood walls of my head instead of putting white veneer back on them. It's lasted three years so far. I doubt it has any UV protection in it, though.
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I've really wondered how this Appliance Epoxy stuff would hold up. It comes in both spray and cans.

Krylon Appliance Epoxy Paint White, Size: 16 oz, Net Wt: 12.5 oz

I used it on the plywood walls of my head instead of putting white veneer back on them. It's lasted three years so far. I doubt it has any UV protection in it, though.
Yeah I actually saw a couple of guys talking about using that stuff on their hulls. They say it worked.

But, judging by the black spraypaint I used on just the castings (it took 3 cans for 4 coats just on those 6 pieces!) - it would take a few cases of cans for both hulls. Then you have to deal with the scratches.

The numbers and durability seem to keep pointing to the gelcoat. One and done.


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Very cool project to do with your sons. I'm betting they remember it for a lifetime.
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Very cool project to do with your sons. I'm betting they remember it for a lifetime.
I hope so. That's exactly why I wanted to do this. I'll end up spending way more than the boat is actually worth - but it'll have all our sweat in it, and they'll know a few things about fixing stuff.

That is cool.


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How much is a new 17' cat worth? Looks like yours will be as good as new when you're done.

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How much is a new 17' cat worth? Looks like yours will be as good as new when you're done.
A '70's era Hobie 16 that's in good shape with a trailer can go anywhere from $600 to $2000+.

A 1975 Spirit 17 in mint condition? No clue. It is obviously extremely rare (like a Veyron)...so maybe somewhere in the range of $450K?
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Re: Beach Cats in Rehab!

Good for you. It makes my heart happy to see you resurrecting this old boat with your kids.
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Good to see you getting your hands dirty, Smack.
Hey, do the kids get to retrieve their bikes off the junk pile in the background only when all the sanding is done? If so, nice motivational ploy.

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