Saturday, 5 July 2008

haul out part III - after the sheathing...

Once we sheathed the hull, we moved on
to the next job, and the next, and the next...

Following is the story in pictures:



The fairing begins, again...
(Yes, we faired the boat before sheathing it,
this is the final layer before priming.)

We start by applying epoxy mixed
with microlight filler onto the Xynole.




A home-cooked meal and friends...
Nothing cheers you up like the support of friends
when you're feeling worn out from too many
long work days!



Here is "Chef Dana"
(Flowers, courtesy of Ali's garden)
We got home-made Spanakopita! Yum!



The crew gets to work - more epoxy!


And at last... the epoxying is done!


Moving on to sanding, yes, more sanding:

And I quote: "Wow, this is way less messy!"
Rick, comparing sanding to epoxying.
Huh, sure Rick, you're right...
(That boy needs a good night of sleep!)


And now, the painting begins!

The technique used to paint topsides is called rolling and tipping.
Essentially, you roll on the paint as thin as possible
and you tip it off by using a dry brush
to spread the paint even farther.
This is to prevent the paint from sagging. (Not pretty.)
We used linear polyurethane - it allows for touch ups,
unlike two-part polyurethanes that
are also commonly used to paint boats.
(After all, one doesn't plan to ding the boat while docking...
But we can make it easier to fix it.)

Here, Rick is rolling on the topside paint.


And here, Kyra is tipping the paint.


Kyra was away from the ways for a day,
and this is what she saw the next day:

Topsides and Bottom paint:
Done!
Way to go Rick!



Taping off the strake, and the boot stripe.
Kyra chose the colour black,
remnants from her theatre days, one supposes.


Once again, rolling and tipping - since it's a smaller surface,
it's just a one-woman job.


Ugh, neck is getting sore!


Checking the list...

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!
Yes!


The end is near, well, for this project at least!

While Rick was installing the through-hulls and the drive system,
(this includes the propeller shaft, strut, stuffing box,
propeller, and so on);

Kyra was polishing up the chain plates.

She loves power tools!

The chain plates are what attaches the shrouds to the hull.
(The shrouds hold up the mast, for you landlubbers.)




The chain plates are in, and now
Rick is reattaching the rigging.


Can it be true?

She is now ready to go back in the water!
No more climbing up a ladder to get on the boat! Yay!

We have footage of the boat going in the water,
unfortunately the file is too big for this blog.
Just imagine Kyra watching and hearing her say:
Hoooooooly shiiiiiit!
(The boat went down fast as the tide was quite low...
just a little nerve wracking!)

Nyon is now happily floating again,
and we're home aboard her.

Recovering.

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