Prep for paint

OMG.  (Sometimes that is just completely appropriate.)

I seriously couldn’t believe that we got an email stating that the boatyard was prepping for paint!

prepping
prepping
more prep
more prep
preppety prep
preppety prep
preppey paint prep
preppey paint prepping

My dreams are finally coming true!

hey, sexy portlight!

When the problems were found with the portlight we realized that we needed something strong, sturdy, and well sealed to replace it. We did our research and found what is (I think) the world’s sexiest portlight (owning a boat has changed the wiring in my brain.  A little.  Maybe.).  It is a little bigger than the old one in terms of overall size but the amout of light that comes through seems like 100 times more!

The plan is to replace all our port lights with similar babies.

Eventually…

the fixed and smoothed and beautiful hole that our portilight will soon live in...
the fixed and smoothed and beautiful hole that our portilight will soon live in…
look at that, just look at it!
look at that, just look at it!
drilling
drilling
drilled
drilled
sexy, right?
sexy, right?

 

Happy galley plus

So everything is coming along nicely!  Our galley almost looks like it’s fit for human habitation.

counter top!
counter top!
the sink will go on the right.  the stove will go on the left.
the sink will go on the right. the stove will go on the left.
It's still dirty but at least it's in there.
It’s not perfect but at least it’s in there.

The outside of our boat is smooth and beautiful.

getting' smoother!
getting’ smoother!
fixing it.
fixing it.
holes? what holes?
holes? what holes?

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m pretty sure it’s not a train coming the other direction…

on the uphill slope

After this the news from the boatyard was a little more chipper.  It was nice to see progress being made instead of just finding new problems.

I’m attaching some photos of the hull paint, water tanks with rhino liner coating and new hoses, as well as some of the interior views.

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Rhinolining on the water tank. I can totally get behind this!
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this is the piece that was welded put into the area where the port light was. nothing is getting through that!
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Holes in the transom are welded, filled and primed. Maybe we can secure our lifelines to steel instead of fiberglass this time…
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paint is going onto the boat. so awesome!

welding, redux

So, the welder returned… again.  We were sent some real-time photos that really made the process come alive.

the bad bit
the bad bit
cutting out the bad bit
cutting out the bad bit

 

The transom had a hole in it that had been patched with fiberglass.

a hole you can actually see through is a hole that should be fixed
a hole you can actually see through is a hole that should be fixed

The welder cut away the rusty steel back to solid, non-rusted steel.

fixed it.
fixed it.

 

This was a particularly fun thing because the stanchions and lifelines had to be removed.  At least it’s been fixed….

Our problems are solved!

Here is the next email message we received from the boatyard:

I’m attaching some photos of the welding work, and of the fairing along the waterline…  …they have started welding on the transom.  If you have any questions, as ever, don’t hesitate to contact us.

this is fixed!
this is fixed!


Oh happy, happy day!  There are fewer holes than there were!  Our boat could actually be considered seaworthy if she were to be gently placed into the water and there was minimal wave action. This is Important and Eventful!

(We celebrated at The Commune with a bottle of champagne.)

this is fixed, too!
this is fixed, too!
fixed it, fixed it, fixed it!
fixed it, fixed it, fixed it!

They had to do fairing along the waterline because all the paint and fairing compound and the rest of the things that keep the outside of the hull looking smooth had been sandblasted off in our quest for holes. There was a sort of lip above the waterline where the stuff had not been blasted off. Initially I did not want to do the fairing. It was expensive and I figured that it wouldn’t matter because the boat would be in the water so no one would see it anyway. My Better Half made the eloquent argument that it would look stupid when were in anything except flat calm water. Oh. Also the argument was made that the lip could potentially cause drag as we were sailing and slow us down.

fair fairing
fair fairing
fairly faired
fairly faired

I just was eager to get done…