KEEL TIME – “Rust Doesn’t Sleep”
Sunday April 24th. Up early and out the door by 8:30 with our canine assistant. No traffic. Stopped at a yard sale in East Hampton on the way. Didn’t find anything, but was a cool neighborhood of smaller houses. Could have been at the boat in under 2 hours, if we hadn’t stopped for gas and the yard sale.
Did a home depot run the day before, so was all set with discs for the angle grinder. Donned the Tyvec suit and took down all of the areas where rust is coming through on the keel. Also cleaned up the prop and inside the boat around the bilge we cleaned off the hardware that bolts on the keel. Will do a little more cleaning up of the area where the keel meets the hull and then will be applying a rust neutralizer, then G FLEX (“With a modulus of elasticity of 150,000 psi”), then a barrier coat and then our bottom paint. And this should last more than a few years. (Fingers crossed). Solid day. Turned my head blue.
Hopped off 27 in Hampton Bays to find a sandwich on the way home. Ended up with an ANTONIO from Scotto’s and a Shrimp Parmigiana grinder. HEAVEN.
Spring Check Up – Easter 2016
Easter Sunday we drove out to the boat yard in the morning. There was so little traffic. It was wonderful. The yard looked good. “The boats were on the stands” No surprises. We climbed up the ladder and opened up the Kirie. No water taken on. Great sign. Took stock of what needs to be done. (All the projects we didn’t get to last year)
Double checked Fuel & Oil Filter types, so we were able to order correct parts. Then the keel. We are going to have to buff it down and seal it, before we paint the bottom. The keel is rusting through the paint. Also on the list is the short columns and wood ribs that make up the corral around the battery and support the floor right by the companionway. We have some sanding of wood up top to do as well. And then my least favorite task is to take the rudder off and glass in the leading edge. The epoxy didn’t hold. The back and forth of steering must have worn if off during the season.
Then off to Montauk to walk around the point and back to the Montauk Harbor for a solid lunch at Sammys capped off with an oreo inside a chocolate chip cookie.