Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sailboat Blister Repairs

This past Saturday Ken and I headed to the boatyard to work on our sailboat's blisters.  We decided to take a break from painting the sailboat's hull, as Ken is still contemplating whether to roll and tip the second coat of Interlux Perfection paint or spray the second coat of paint.  Repairing the sailboat blisters requires filling each blister with fiberglass cloth and epoxy. 

I must have cut about 400 circles out of fiberglass cloth.

Here are blisters before and after fiberglass.  After the EIGHTY ONE sailboat blisters were filled, we called it a day in order to let the fiberglass and epoxy dry.

Since Ken and I both worked on Memorial Day, we were able to get off work early yesterday and head back to the boatyard.  After washing the sailboat, Ken filled the blisters with Formula 27 filler then sanded, rinsed, and repeated.  Our sailboat bottom is now ready for primer and paint.  However, we will first need to tighten and fill the strut and replace the old thru-hulls and depth/speed transducers that we removed with new ones.  

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!


Sandee said...

Wow, you two are really putting in the work. Good for you. I'm sure it makes you right proud. I can't wait until she is back in the water.

Have a terrific day. :)

Pineapple Girl said...

Very Impressive work guys!

Windtraveler said...

Holy cow!! Great job you guys!!! That is a LOT of work...well done!

laura said...

This is why I'm so glad we had to have someone else take care of our blisters!! But I doubt I can appreciate it as much as you! What a lot of hard work.

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