Category «Exterior»

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 barrier coat and why in this post. The prepwork involved filling and fairing holes from …

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, the top and bottom of the stripe was set when the hull was laid up …

Plastic Teak

Received a shipment of plastic teak last week. Admittedly, it does not look like real teak. In fact it does not look like any species of wood at all, except… maybe… plastic wood. Purchased from PlasTeak, it is made from recycled plastic, resistant to UV, and is quite durable. This is the stock to be …

2nd Annual Pressure Washer Weekend

This weekend is the annual Pressure Washer Weekend(tm), where we rent a gasoline powered pressure washer and hit anything and everything we can find that has accumulated gunk and grime over the winter. Barbeque, gutters, lawn furniture, and of course, the boat. Its amazing how much dirt can accumulate on the boat in a year. …

Deck Drains

As the cockpit drains were leaky, so were the side deck drains. The previous owner had simply bedded (temporary?) drains using household PVC pipe and silicone sealant. Needless to say it was easy to remove. The new deck drains drain out the side via thru mounted fittings just below connected with hose. They are two …

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 what else we found in this boat one can’t be sure. Anyway, they were leaking, …

Spring Clean 2006

We rented a pressure washer to clean the dirt and grime that accumulated over the winter on various things (deck furniture, BBQ, front and back porch). I decided, while we had it, I might try it on the deck of the Westsail. I had already taken smaller 2hp pressure washer to it last summer, but …

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 “On and Off” hull and bilged cleaner to the deck, full strength. Lo and behold, …

Pressure Washer (again)

The parts to fix the pressure washer came in today. The weather was decent so I turned it on the deck. Turns out there is a boat under all that dirt. There are some bad mildew spots that I will have to take some sort of cleaner to. I also turned the washer on the …

Need some Stairs

Built a set of stairs to board the boat so I would not have to scramble up and down a ladder. First time I built stairs. I modeled them after another set in the yard, but these had to go up 10 feet high. Didn’t turn out too bad. The steps widen about an inch …