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Exterior

Requirement: protect the exterior as much as possible to minimise maintenance and cost in the future.

Hull

Underwater

  • Drilled propeller hole

  • Drilled exhaust hole

  • Drilled water filter hole through the hull below waterline

  • Eco sounder - cut a hole in the bottom and make it solid fibreglass & epoxy as the echo sounder does not work well through the wood. Glued the transducer on top of that. 

  • Shaped the stern for the propeller, fibreglass, epoxied etc

  • Added wood to the stem to make it rounded 

  • Measured and raised the waterline 10 cm / 4” (hope it does not disappear when launched) 

  • Epoxy glue waterline with a string

  • Fitted series drogue plates: 10 mm stainless steel plate - 40 cm long,  with 4 mm SS backing plate

Finish

  • Epoxy to the hull at the time of build, sanded

  • 2 coats of epoxy, sanded

  • 2 coats of epoxy primer, sanded 

  • 5 coats of epoxy and copper coat powder mix applied in one day to bond well

  • Sanded before launch to expose copper

Topsides

  • Cut out 2 windows port and starboard and 2 aft

  • Epoxy coated at the time of build and painted to a high standard. This needed no attention at the time. We only needed to paint to our colour scheme. 

  • Two epoxy undercoat paint, plus two polyurethane paint 

Bow and Side Decks

  • Sanded back the paint

  • Epoxy fibreglass  

  • Epoxy undercoat x 2

  • Non slip paint ​​​

Shoe
Decks
  • Steal shoe by design discarded as maintenance issue

  • Measure and dry fit plywood shoe (25 mm), rout edges

  • Fibreglass & epoxy plywood shoe to the bottom of the keel

  • Fit to the keel with epoxy glue 

Side decks

  • Repair damaged plywood in places

  • Fibreglass bow and side decks

  • Filled the stanchions at deck level to stop water collecting

  • Filled gaps near the aft step - to stop the rot

Bulwarks 

  • Repaired plywood

  • Drilled new eye in the bow and made a ring - epoxied

Cabin