After a few weeks of prep we spent yesterday once again with the final prep and masked the boat for the last time as we prepared to topcoat on the deck for the last time...what an exciting moment! Here are a few pics of the primer coat stages that some of you may have seen on our Facebook page. As always the primer we use is Jotun Penguard.
And the final result looks like this. As always, topcoat is Hardtop Ultra by Jotun in Pearl Grey. We are quite chuffed with how she looks :-)
And because it's been an early finish today we may have made a decision on the floor finishing of the interior and did a little trial in Tara's cabin. Far from finished but looking good!
Next week brings a bit more time to focus on some projects inside while we are waiting on the topcoat to cure properly. Saying that, it won't be long before we can start fitting portholes, hatches and start on the non-skid so watch this space for lots more exciting pics soon...
With the aft cockpit finished and the focus moving further forward on the deck it was time to make a decision on the forward cockpit. For months we've been scratching our heads whether we should leave it as is or drop the cockpit floor to make it a more usable cockpit, give us the option to make it a more comfortable entrance and to 'use up' the dead area above the generator and engine inside. And so it began...
And then there was a giant hole where there once was a cockpit :-) As you can see the working area is all masked in on the inside to keep the dust at bay! Part of the original entrance/hatch will be re-used but moved further forward. And then a new cockpit floor emerged...
Once the new floor was glued, glassed and faired, the sanding started all over until it was time for the primer coat...
And now Peter is busy making all the required repairs, modifications and fitting the new portholes in preparation for the last prep before painting the last remaining gloss! So watch this space for some more pictures following in the next few weeks of a much better looking foredeck :-)
Last few weekends we've put a few more of the toe rails down besides other jobs. Peter has kept busy with more repairs on the aft deck and put a few more fittings on and has been getting all the prep done for another big new shiny hatch to go in on the deck for access to the transom.
With all that done it was time to test our color choice for the non-skid some more and the first few coats of non-skid went on the aft deck. We are pretty stoked with how it looks and can't wait to get more areas done! With a lot of work still to be done on the boat we are very much aware that we will have to put a few final coats on once all the work is completed.
This weekend we are getting more of the bolts, nuts and washers ready for the next lot of toe rails as well as prepping the genoa and main sail tracks, ready for painting them over the next week. Here are just a few pics that I took with my phone today of the non-skid, toe rails and one showing half of our new aft entrance hatch (we are still waiting on hinges to arrive) ...
It's been a busy few weeks finishing off the windows in the dodger/hard top as well as prepping the aft cockpit for painting. We had to decide on a colour for the non-skid so we also finished the transom by painting the non-skid which was in a bid to try out our colour choice for the non skid :-)
In the aft cockpit there were a few repairs to be made, holes to be filled and teak to be repaired and replaced. Also, the aft entrance has had some finishing touches, awaiting only the final fit of the new acrylic hatch and washboard (not the one in the pics). New hatches have been fitted for the aft cabins as well as one under the shelter of the dodger. The helm pedestal has been removed, painted and all the relevant parts serviced as well as all bearings and seals changed. New caulking seams in the teak, the teak has been sanded and most importantly all the entire aft cockpit has been top coated and had a few coats of non-skid. The aft stainless support is in place and we have put the first toe rail back on the deck today. As it always seems to go, the first one is the hardest and we shall be a lot quicker and better prepared for the rest, which we will be fitting over the next few weekends.
The next step is to get the entire aft deck area sorted with some holes from old fittings etc. to be closed, a new deck hatch to be fitted for access to the transom and yes - more painting! But it is all starting to look awesome and we both can't believe what a massive change it has been from what it looked like just a few months ago to now - incredible!
Condensation is our main enemy at present, so Peter will be putting up a proper second 'ceiling' into the shed tomorrow to keep the drips and moisture at bay. I will be posting pictures again soon once a few more of the toe rails are in place and once we have a bit more of the deck painted and the new entrance hatch in place. Here are a few pictures of the aft cockpit, the dodger/hard top and the transom for you to check out:
As the weather is getting colder and the shed is holding a lot more moisture it is getting a touch more difficult to plan the painting projects. Peter had to set up a second roof inside the shed to prevent any drips on his painting and jeopardize the outcome of the gloss. Once again there has been heaps of sanding, spot filling and more sanding! First up Peter sprayed the 'Pearl Grey' topcoat and after a few days of curing time, some areas of the hard top changed to 'Graphite Grey' to try and achieve a modern 'wrap around' look once the tinted window panels go in. Here are a few pictures of the finished topcoat on the dodger/hard top:
With the painting finished we had to wait for a few days for the paint to cure before moving on to the next phase of the project - fitting the window panels. While the lower part of the hard dodger is relatively flat, the top section of windows has a bit more of a curve which meant Peter had to slowly bend the panels into place before he could actually glue them in.
And by now all the panels/windows are glued in and we both think it looks awesome! There is an expansion gap between each panel/window which is only really visible as you can see the temporary fasteners which keep the panels in place until the glue/sealant has fully cured. Those will be removed and a caulking seam will be all that's left to finish it off. In the meantime Peter is working on finishing the aft entrance & hatch and prepping the next areas of the aft cockpit for painting. Here are a few pics with all the panels installed and the protective plastic off but with the temporary fasteners still in place:
Yesterday Peter sprayed the primer on the new hard dodger and it looks pretty awesome! More fairing and sanding to go as usual and more work awaiting in the cockpit in general such as filling holes, sorting the new aft entrance hatch, two new hatches for the aft cabins, stainless posts for the dodger etc. Due to the sheer size of an area we are prepping and painting in stages and will also get the sugar scoop prepped and painted before we move further forward on the deck. Here is what it looks like after the primer coats:
While it is certainly a touch higher than we would have liked, we did measure the topsides (to put it in perspective) and believe it will look just fine, especially with the boom running at the same height as the first step in the dodger. Considering the amount of shelter we are getting from the weather and sun without sacrificing too much clear vision from the helm - it's safe to say we are pretty wrapped with the outcome!
While we are giving the paint a few days to cure properly, Peter has moved on to making the stainless posts which will support the aft of the dodger roof. We will also have additional posts from the helm post to the dodger roof to give us something solid to hold on to with the thought in mind that we may want to put a panel with our instrument displays there as well.
Peter is in his element being full-time on the boat now and with me back to full-time work, any 'spare' time I have I'm cleaning up bolts for the toe rails and for any hardware that we took off - and oh boy are there hundreds of bolts, washers and nuts or what? Not the most thrilling of jobs but quite a mellow one as Peter set up a bench grinder on the work bench inside the boat so quite easy and convenient really and saves a few $ that we would rather spend on other stuff! Here is a before and after - definitely nice to see them all shiny again :-)
I have also received the last few logos and bits from one of our sponsors so I will be updating the supporters page this weekend also, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on the website :-)
I can't believe it has already been two weeks since my last blog post but with Peter now more or less 'retired' and working full-time on the boat, I have returned to my job and found it a lot more difficult to find the time to update the blog and website. It is rather exciting for us though as there is no doubt a lot more progress happening with the boat builder on the tools full-time! We do have a few supporters to add to our website and have some general changes planned, so keep your eyes peeled as I will be updating the website over the next few weeks!!!
As I've just said, Peter is now more or less full-time working on the boat and as winter is approaching we are now focussing on the changes to the deck before the temperature and moisture levels will force us back inside to work on the interior! With our launch date in November we have a fair few major jobs on our to-do-list, changes to the deck, major changes to the keel, everything below the waterline, just to name a few...
The first job on our list for the deck was no doubt building a hard top/dodger for the aft cockpit. We have done enough blue water sailing to understand and know the importance in protection from the elements! While it was easy to know what we wanted - protection from the elements along with as much unobstructed view as possible - it was the 'how is it going to look' part that we took a lot of time thinking about. In the end we did the best we could to try and make it look good while also keeping it functional and practical. To build this we have to also make some other modifications such as shorten the boom, but we do believe that the final outcome will be well worth it. Here are a few pictures of the progress so far. Peter is busy with the next part of the hard top at the moment - so watch this space xx
After we had finished the topsides painting we decided to ease our way into making a start on the deck by starting with the toe rails. Once again we started a 'production line' - First step is Peter and his grinder dealing with the removal of all the old paint before I removed the last bits from all the holes and corners the grinder couldn't get to with the drill with a burr & wirebrush attachment. Then followed the acid wash and eventually we were painting again. We decided to go with the graphite grey on those as well.
And after much debating around whether we should or shouldn't clear coat the topsides we did bite the bullet and prepped the topsides to spray two coats of clear coat for extra protection of our new paint job. This meant sanding all the topsides again, fortunately 'just' a light sand...
And now it is on to the deck. Peter has already made a head start on the hard top for the aft entrance & cockpit. It is quite exciting and with Peter being able to spend more time on the Refit now as he is winding down from his 'day job' of running a boat yard, we should see a lot more exciting progress from now on. Until then - here are a few pics of the new toys we've been welcoming aboard as well - after all we don't want to get bored in paradise ;-)
I know I seem to start each blog post like this but has it been a busy week or what?! Tuesday was a big day for us with the topcoat getting sprayed. Not only was it that rewarding moment after you've put all the hard work in to see the transformation happening in front of your eyes, but also that 'moment of truth' when you get to see the colour on the boat rather than just on a little square on a colour chart. Well - we love it and are quite happy with our choice! We used Jotun Hardtop Ultra (colour: Graphite Grey) as our topcoat, have a look at some pictures below,
As great as it looked, the job wasn't done yet, it was time to get started on the pin stripe and boot stripe. Once the paint was hard enough for us to tape, we marked and taped the stripes, prepped them, wiped with Awlprep to remove any dust and masked the whole boat again in order to spray the stripes and call the job done. For the stripes we used Jotun Hardtop Ultra (colour: Pearl Grey). Here are a few photos:
And after we had been very patient it was time to unwrap our little christmas present this morning and we are totally chuffed with the way she looks. Here are some photos of the topsides paint job done and dusted :-)
And that's a wrap for the topside painting! Special thanks to the Polymer Group and Jotun Australia - watch the supporters page for an update soon! Also a big Thank You to Damien from Norsand Boatyard for an excellent job on spraying the primer and topcoat! For us it's onto the next part of the project now - a whole deck awaits :-)
Well it's been a little while since my last blog post but after the primer went on, we went straight into paint prep mode again in preparation for the topcoat. For those of you following us on Facebook, you would have already seen a few photos of the primer as well as the paint prep since but here are a few photos of the topsides after the third coat of primer was sprayed.
While we had to wait a few days to start sanding and spot filling all over again, it gave us time to mark all the obvious spots that required our attention and once again putting that smurf blue guide coat on. Well and then the fun started all over again- sanding, spot filling, more sanding, more primer and so on. Here are a few photos if you've missed out on Facebook.
And we are now done with all the sanding and spent the afternoon yesterday making changes to the scaffolding to make it easier for Damien (spray painter) to move around and reach all the areas. We have changed plans slightly and booked Damien in for Tuesday rather than tomorrow, this gives us a bit of extra time to do the masking and final paint prep (wiping down the topsides with Awlprep etc) as well as some better weather hopefully. The paint arrived on Friday and we are more than ready and keen to see her new colour - so watch this space for an update soon or head on over to our Facebook page as I often tend to update that a bit sooner than the blog & website. Here are a few last photos of the primer sanded and ready for topcoat...