Category: Exterior

Deck Hatches!

For years I have been cursing the pieces of plywood covering the deck hatch openings. Besides being a trip-hazard, they still manage to let in a bit of moisture and cold air during the winter. But, no more. Two proper…

Barrier Coat: Hull Underbody

I have been trying my best to chip away at exterior projects before the cold wet weather sets in (soon). Yesterday saw two layers of epoxy barrier coat go on the underbody (below the bootstripe). I detailed what is a…

Preserving the Boot Stripe

Warm weather exterior projects continue… The boot stripe is an exterior painted stripe a few inches above the waterline. Usually a contrasting color with the hull, it helps define the boat’s lines when viewed from the side. At the factory,…

Cockpit Drain Replacement

Well, the existing (temporary?) cockpit drains that were installed by the Westsail’s previous owners were replaced this weekend. Besides being the wrong type of fittings (plastic mushroom thru-hulls), they were bedded with silicone. I suspect they were temporary, but given…

Mild Hydrochloric Acid

So, this entry is basically a summary for the week. I took the pressure washer to the deck. It got a lot of the loose stuff off. It revealed a fairly clean deck. A couple days later, I took some…