Monday, May 26, 2008

A Motley Crew

Racing begins! And we need a motivated crew. Hence the new flag:

Monday, May 19, 2008

Keel Work

This spring I undertook what could be considered a rite of passage among sailboat owners: refinishing the keel.  The steps (shown in the video below) were:
  1. scraping down the keel with paint scrapers (didn't work very well)
  2. grinding the keel with an evil-looking twisted wire brush attachment
  3. grinding the keel some more with a rough fiber sanding disk
  4. more wire brush grinding
  5. wash-down with Metal-Ready (phosphoric acid)
  6. 3 coats of POR-15 anti-rust paint
  7. 1 coat of Interprotect 2000
  8. Epoxy fairing compound in hull-keel joint and pitted areas
  9. 4 more coats of Interprotect 2000
  10. VC-17m on anti-fouling bottom paint
  11. Launch, and watch all that hard work disappear underwater
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