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Old 04-15-2018, 08:27 PM
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Ablative paint tip.....Never use a roller, always a brush. It may take a little longer but you'll save a lot of paint. And try to plan your painting so you can launch in less than 24 hours after you paint. That way the paint won't over dry and improve the sloughing capabilities for a cleaner hull at seasons end. Last tip.....Power wash the bottom as soon as you haul out. If the algae dries it hardens like cement and you'll be into some heavy sanding in the Spring.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Jay A View Post
Ablative paint tip.....Never use a roller, always a brush. It may take a little longer but you'll save a lot of paint. And try to plan your painting so you can launch in less than 24 hours after you paint. That way the paint won't over dry and improve the sloughing capabilities for a cleaner hull at seasons end. Last tip.....Power wash the bottom as soon as you haul out. If the algae dries it hardens like cement and you'll be into some heavy sanding in the Spring.
Thanks for the tips. Gotta disagree with the brush vs. roller. Wasn't worried about conserving paint, just needed to get it done in a short window.

I'm with you, on the timing between paint and launch, but had to suck it up and get the paint on while the sun was shining. The way the weather has been this Spring, I was thankful for a warm weekend day.

Sprayed her down good when we hauled out last fall, which was a hoot in 20deg weather. Some of the other guys in the marina didn't take much time to pressure wash and they're paying for it now...
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:21 AM
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I like your boat. looking nice.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:42 PM
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New zincs installed today, and the hull washed and ready for a coat of Nu-finish tomorrow. Plus it's time to restock the beer fridge...

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The gear looks pretty darn good compared to where it was a few weeks ago. Scraping / sanding / primer / paint made a huge difference.

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The old girl cleaned up pretty well. Topsides will be a bigger project as it's gelcoat vs. Awlgrip, but it can be done in the water.

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In other news, decided to start the CAT since I had running water available. Primed the fuel system, hit the button, and she didn't even make a full revolution before firing right up. Good to hear her running again!
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:55 PM
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Another productive day. Shifted the stands around and threw some bottom paint on the spots where the pads were sitting.

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Applied Nu Finish by hand to the entire hull and it turned out great. Have one spot on the port side where a fender was rubbing that will need some actual buffing, and a few little spots that look like tar but are harder than woodpecker lips. They didn't respond very much to soap or bug & tar remover. Didn't want to harm the Awlgrip with anything more aggressive, so going to do a little more research.

She definitely looks great for a 34 year-old fishing boat. Next step, some final buttoning up, then drop her in the water and burn some fuel. Mirror finish:

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Old 04-23-2018, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Jay A View Post
Ablative paint tip.....Never use a roller, always a brush. It may take a little longer but you'll save a lot of paint. And try to plan your painting so you can launch in less than 24 hours after you paint. That way the paint won't over dry and improve the sloughing capabilities for a cleaner hull at seasons end. Last tip.....Power wash the bottom as soon as you haul out. If the algae dries it hardens like cement and you'll be into some heavy sanding in the Spring.
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A brush will save paint? How's that work, less paint "sprayed" off the roller? I've always used a brush to bottom paint for the last 30 years, until about 5 years ago I watched somebody roll their bottom while I brushed mine and they were done in 1/4 of the time. So the last 2 times, I rolled it. I have not noticed a difference in the amount of paint used?? I use exactly 1 gallon every time, the last roll on the last spot of the hull has my pan bone dry though... I just make it.

Regarding the launch time after paint, I hear that story all the time and have never believed it. I've painted in the middle of winter, dry time 1 or 2 months and I've painted 6 hours before splashdown. Most of the time I paint and get splashed a few days later. I have not noticed a bit of difference on any of them. I get 3 seasons out of Micron 66 ablative, and after the 3rd season it's still clean as a whistle with only a few spots starting to wear thru/show some growth. This year I painted and tried a new paint, the water based Pettit Hydrocoat SR. We shall see how she does in the next 3 years, if it lasts that long.
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by walleyeguy6 View Post
New zincs installed today, and the hull washed and ready for a coat of Nu-finish tomorrow. Plus it's time to restock the beer fridge...

Two thumbs-up for boatzincs.com. Great prices and fast shipping.
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The gear looks pretty darn good compared to where it was a few weeks ago. Scraping / sanding / primer / paint made a huge difference.

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The old girl cleaned up pretty well. Topsides will be a bigger project as it's gelcoat vs. Awlgrip, but it can be done in the water.

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In other news, decided to start the CAT since I had running water available. Primed the fuel system, hit the button, and she didn't even make a full revolution before firing right up. Good to hear her running again!
Looks FANTASTIC! Nice job! Drop it in and go enjoy the hell out of it while drinking a nice Dark and Stormy made with Pilar dark rum!
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Old 05-28-2018, 06:47 PM
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Four work trips in six weeks got in the way of boating. Finally got a chance to get her wet on Friday, which wasn't originally on the agenda but I took advantage of the opportunity.

Picked her up with the Travel Lift and dunked her in the water and the CAT fired right up at the touch of the button. Couple of guys in the marina gave me a hand getting the new slip set up; fortunately it's a solid 2' wider between the pilings than last year.

"Custom" block to protect the lifting rails from the sling. They work pretty slick:

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Heading down the road. The guy running the lift has been in the marina for over 50 years.

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In the slip:

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As you can see, the dock is still pretty empty. We're due to get new pilings at some point - was supposed to be Mar/Apr, so everyone delayed launching a little bit. Now it's postponed until July so I went ahead and got in the water, and will figure out the next move if the contractor ever shows up to do the pilings.

Told my wife that I really needed to stay on the boat that night to make sure everything was ok. Had a hoot - played with the boat, listened to some tunes, and made sure the beer fridge was still working. Better safe than sorry...

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Sunday was a mess with lots of rain - up to 10" just a few miles south of us in Baltimore. My daughter and I went and hung out on the boat for a while just to check on her, but we never ended up getting more than a heavy sprinkle. Pretty tough day for a lot of families in the region.

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Dried out today, so we ran across the Bay for a shakedown and to fill the fuel tank. Turned out to be perfect weather - a little cloudy, but no rain, no wind, and glassy calm conditions on the main Bay. Marked a bunch of fish but didn't end up doing any serious fishing since this was a family cruise. Made a few casts just to get a line wet.

Mechanically, the boat did great after six months on the hard. With a completely clean bottom and wheel she ran 17kts at 2400rpm cruise, so picked up a half a knot there. She still turned up to 2900 and 21kts in the corner. Not a rocketship, but not bad for a downeast!

Ready to go:

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Cruising on Memorial Day:

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RIP to the Fallen. RR, JP, JM, UBC. Until Valhalla, gentlemen.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:37 PM
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Haven't updated this in a while. Spring and summer on the Bay weren't great from a boating perspective. Susquehanna River Dam had the floodgates open all spring due to the amount of rain on the east coast, and the upper Bay wa gs pretty much a gigantic toilet for months. Lots of lumber, trash, and even entire trees getting flushed out into the Atlantic. Once that cleared up, it seemed to rain almost every weekend we were in town.

Scratched out a number of good boat trips, but for the most part it was a wash. Will post some pics of the good trips when I get them uploaded.

Did manage to have a great day on the water at the very tail end of the season. Had a crew of guys lined up to fish first thing on a Sunday morning in Nov. Spent all of Saturday afternoon on the boat getting things ready. The marina hosted a big bonfire / kegger on Saturday night, so I enjoyed that and slept on the boat.

Woke up at 0 dark thirty on Sunday and loaded the guys and their gear onboard. We were going to take a shot at the fall rockfish bite. Weather was clear and breezy, and just a little brisk; 29 degrees at 0500 and only getting into the mid 30s all day.

One of my favorite things on the planet is pulling out of the slip just before first light and going on a fishing trip. Coffee steaming in the mug, and the CAT under the deck rumbling just above idle as we make our way through the marina. Music on the stereo in the background, and competing with the other early risers on the VHF. Guys chattering in the cabin and the cockpit as they rig baits and look forward to a day on the water.

Once clear of the channel and with a little heat in the engine, push the throttle forward and crank her up to 16 knots. Sun just peeking over the horizon, turbo whistling, and an hour run to the fishing grounds - it doesn't get much better than that.

We ended up getting skunked on rockfish, but marked the hell out of them all day. They just weren't eating what we were offering. Still, awesome company, the boat ran great, and cracking a beer on the way back in didn't suck at all. I'll take it.

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Old 12-18-2018, 06:55 PM
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Glad to see you're still around Chris. Great pics.

In a word, this past season sucked. On to duck season I suppose, but even that's being hampered by nearly constant flood stage river levels. Time for me to try a plan a trip south. Way south.
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Old 12-27-2018, 04:29 PM
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Followed your journey from NC and thank you for posting an update. If you travel to Annapolis and need over night dock, let me know. Just 110 at the end of the pier, but you are welcome and it's free.

Special place in my heart for Nauset Marine, you might want to visit in August/Septemberish. Really nice town, Orleans Mass.
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