Sometimes you just need a fresh start! This week after a long hiatus Jeff went to the boat after work and cleared all the junk, tools and other random items that have slowly accumulated in the boat over the past year. It is truly amazing how refreshing it is to come back to the boat now! We had taken quite a bit of time away from the boat for various life things. The kids finished the school year; Anya went back to school and finished up her EMT and became a National Registered EMT and joined our local volunteer fire department. We tackled a few projects that had been neglected around our house and enjoyed some great evenings with friends in the backyard.
We took our annual family camping trip to Eastern Washington and soaked up some sun on our ski boat!
But now it is time to get focused back on our big boat! The current push right now is to get the boat all prepped and ready to paint. The previous owner had painted the topsides himself and had the hull professionally completed. We have chosen to go back and redo the topside paint as well as change the hull color and remove some of the blistering that had occurred due to being covered for so long.
The first order was to remove all the old windows and all the sealer. Then we needed to go through to every hole on the boats topsides and drill them out so that we would be able to correctly fill them.
After the holes were drilled out, we took two part epoxy and mixed in some mircoballoons, then we took wood doweling in the correct size, dipped it into the epoxy mixture and tapped it into place. The we took a small saw and shaved off the excess doweling and moved onto the next hole.
After the epoxy had set we went back around and sanded everything down smooth. First using the sander with 120 grit and then followed by 120 grit with a hand-block to get a uniformed surface that the new paint would adhere to.
After we are done sanding the house it will be time to take off the cover, and finish the final prep and she will be ready for paint!!