Planning a Haul-Out - Doing too much in too little time!

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  • April 18, 2011 12:57 PM
    Reply # 573035 on 571641


    I salute your pain threshold. I'll mention a couple things I ran across to help streamline your preparation.

    If you have the chance to examine the hull right after hauling it's helpful to work at night. Shine the beam of a flashlight parallel to and right next to the hull and blisters that might not get your attention in the daylight will be easily observed. Some of the blisters I encountered on 'Marianne' measured over 6" Dia. Of course they were only millimeters in height which is how they manage to escape detection.

    Read the instructions on the Interprotect, they recommend a coat of epoxy prior to application of the 2000E. Their recommendation is Epiglass if I remember correctly, I used West Systems. I was informed by more that one contractor that the gray 2000E is less problematic than the white. I didn't bother to remember the details of those problems, I just went for the gray.

    I went all ablative and used the Westmarine CPP plus for the first coat(black) then 2 coats blue Westmarine CPA gold followed by two red CPA gold. No Barnacles after two years without any bottom cleaning. And there were plenty of Barnacles in the water as the prop was loaded within the the first year. When the boat was hauled the pressure wash exposed some of the underlying blue. None of the black appeared. If you are rethinking the boot stripe I used the underlying blue bottom paint then move the tape down three inches for the red. One thing the CPA gold did not do was prevent the slime. It was advertised as having Irgarol, but apparently not enough.

    I kind of wish I had a spare thru-hull, I'd like to bring salt water to the galley sink and someday a watermaker.

    Hope this helps.




  • April 18, 2011 1:14 PM
    Reply # 573042 on 571641
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    Aaron Norlund wrote: Hello all,

    The purpose of this thread is to help new owners make decisions concerning, plan for, and execute, owner-completed short-term yet high-yield, haul-out of their boat. It is not meant to be a "how-to" or definitive guide, but more so a musing and checklist of how I plan to juggle completing too many projects in too little time with too little help!

    Our boat is located in SW Florida and is kept in the water (and sailed) year round. Short-term hauling incurs daily yard fees and is, in general, quite expensive, thus it is best to complete work in as short of period as possible.

    I would appreciate comments from others concerning their own methods of preparing and completing this universal-maintenance, as well as from those with questions. Suggestions to my requests for advice are greatly appreciated, too!

    Wow that is a big list!, but it seams to be missing, rain days, wind days, and wiggle room.

    some comments, The topsides latex thing I am not so sure of  (the 2 part LPU can last 20+ years and still look pretty good! same prep but more $$ on paint)  Latex maybe not be so good in the end+/- I am only getting about 5 to 7 years on latex on the house, ( I actually am thinking about using LPU on the house)    So as Ole said it is all in the prep (painting is the least amount of the effort in my opinion). and 2 part interlux looks so nice when done well short dry times as well. 

     You asked about the surface area on the rudder, it is about 21Ft square of wetted surface +/- 
    For fast painting do bottom paint first as tapeing on top of it = no problems if some peels with the tape, just touch it up (much harder to do and look good on the topsides.) Skip the boot stripe this Haul out, as in 2 to 3 years you will have the boat back out and can easily do it then.

    For the Home depot vac connected to the 8 hole random orbital sander (works great!, dump about every hour of sanding use (paper bags the best), and donating it to the next guy when you are done) they are only about 50.00 and it will cost more in bunny suits to do it the old way without the vac.  Tip Buy one of those plastic chairs to sit on while sanding, your back will thank you.

    You asked about the yard (almost all publish their rules if you ask).
    Lastly I think your Day #3 is maybe 3 days+/- In total count on twice as many days a your best guess. Schedules are good but a kid to run and get something you forgot is even better.

    OH I forgot Check your cutlas bearing before haulling (more than 1/8" play is allot) Finding and buying one can be an all day job. even if you have a replacement it is still a 3/4 day job as you have to pull the shaft.

    Best of luck:
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