Coming to the boat with the Gray primer really makes it look like we’ve actually accomplished a lot, which feels nice after 2 full weekends of painting.
Today we are focusing on doing a barrier coat on the bottom of the boat, and 1/2 of the Interlux topside Dark Blue. We bought a car jack to lift the boat off the trailer a few inches to get under the carpeted wooden planks that hold the boat nice and steady. Jacking the boat up a few inches is sketchy, essentially we are tilting the boat ~ 10 degrees. Yikes!
We buff the primer with 320 grit so when we finish sanding the bottom and putting the barrier coat we can move on to the topside dark blue. Painting the bottom is rough – the lack of space and air flow isn’t ideal. Ben and I take turns laying flat under the sketchy tilted boat painting while the other person refills the roller with 2 part barrier coat.
We are sticky and exhausted. It is hot and humid. I’m feeling like this boat project is never going to end.
Sanded, taped and primed the top.
My friend Mandie came by the harbor and we took a much needed break and chilled. The weather was slightly cloudy so it felt nice to stop working and chat about all the things we want to do to the boat and admire how far we’ve come thus far. And… I think we’ve come pretty damn far. 🙂
With the primer it makes the boat look sharp. The lines look a bit more sleek and serious. We both immediately thought… ooh a matte boat would look amazing! But we keep going with the original plan – Interlux Dark Blue with white 2 inch bootstripe, and Black MicronCSC (we found for $100/gallon on KSL [local craigslist])
Continuing sanding – focused on the bottom side. We were completely blue by the end of sanding… Note* buy boat stands to prop up the boat to make it much much much easier then sanding on a trailer.
After sanding we watched the 4th of July fireworks from the bay, then drove home hopped into the pool/hottube to get a tad bit cleaner…. And relaxed a bit.
We spent the morning gathering stuff (tools, power cables, masks, food, drinks, camping chairs, tarps, equipment, etc.), then headed down to the boat to start working on it.
When we arrived at our new harbor, it felt nice! I lived at a harbor for nearly 2 years (in Honolulu, Hawai’i) and somehow boat people (particularly sailors) feel like my tribe. YES… I know! That is some hippy dippy shit, but its true for me. For the most part, sailors are rad. I think they have their priorities straight. 1. Enjoy life, 2. Sail, 3. Be outside, 4. Work.
We set up quickly, and got sanding. We were able to sand the entire hull, just needs a bit more sanding on the bottom. We were completely covered in blue – from head to toe. We looked like smurfs. It’s exhausting work, especially in dry Utah summers.