Keel and Bottom Painted

Up early powered by breakfast from crew member we picked up in Fort Greene and on the road by 7:00 it’s a whole new world. Got to the yard and found some spots where rust got through the barrier coat. And along the edges of the G Flex. Sanded the spots and then sprayed rust converter. Let it dry and then applied barrier coat for a couple coats. The rudder got some serious attention and also a few coats of barrier. Also sprayed keel nuts with rust converter. Curious to get back and see the results of the chemical reaction. After taping it off, started on the bottom while barrier coat was drying. Used the paint straight. In years past have mixed with linseed oil and some acetone to thin it a bit. I think also the thinking behind the mix was to really let the ablative paint fall off leaving you with less old paint at end of season. I kind of cheap/efficient way to “sand” off the layers of older paint. Helped launch our friends Ericson 27 and then that was it for the day. Will be heading back out soon to splash ours.


Getting going on the rudder


Sanded spots where rust reappeared.


More barrier coat and then letting it dry.


New blue bottom paint.


Keel painted as well.


Henry chilling in a bush.

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