Painted and rolled. Yee haw.

The guys I hired to paint the boat did a great job prepping it, but the painting didn’t go as well as we wanted.  We ended up with a few too many sags, some weird swirl marks that I think had something to do with the wipedown solvent they used, and a fair bit of dirt and bugs in the paint.  Sooooo… We did it twice.  The second time went MUCH better, and while there are still a couple of minor sags and a few fish eyes, it’s damned good.

Here you can see by the reflection that the hull came out really fair. It was worth all the sanding. There are, of course, places where it’s not perfect, but I’m very happy.

Untitled

Here are a few more shots:
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled

You may be saying to yourself: “Wait a second. That boat is right side up now. It was upside down in the last photos.”

And if you’re saying that, you’re right. After the first paint exercise, we decided to turn it over before shooting the do-over coat. The bottom (below waterline) parts were actually fine, and don’t much matter aesthetically. And that big bow flare just catches dirt as it settles. So we wanted to do the do-over right side up.

Flipping it was an interesting exercise.  I rigged three chain hoists from the ceiling / crane beams, and used the crane for the fourth lift point.  Then I hung two lift straps – one forward and one aft – between each pair of hoists, and positioned the hoists so those on the port side were at full retract and the starboard were at full extend.  Then I just ratcheted in the long ones and let out the short ones, and as the straps moved they rolled the boat with it.  Photos:

Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled

Today we cleaned up the paint area, and moved the boat back inside.  She’s ready and waiting for interior fitout.  Exciting stuff.

-Ben

One Thought on “Painted and rolled. Yee haw.

  1. Mike Pyne on October 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm said:

    Some how that grey color makes a boat look tuff. Like a damb battle ship. She looks good. You should feel proud. I wonder if the sst rub rail will bend to that shear. I have replaced some on a 32′ and it did not side bend easy. I think that is why the builder used hollow. Don’t stup to that it will brake the paint every time it touches a piling.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


3 − = one

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Post Navigation