2015 Summer Haul Out: Part 1
The Haul Out
|When hauled out, the bottom contained its share of fuzzes and beneath the fuzzes |
were some barnacles, particularly around the rudder. During the summer
barnacles grow on the propeller during just a few weeks of boat inactivity.
|Pressure washing is the first step in preparing the bottom for painting. |
This step removes all the marine growth and slime.
|Rainy Days will be perched on eight jack stands for the next 10 days |
while all the maintenance work is being done.
Remove Old Head Discharge Thru Hull
For the past season, the head discharge seacock would not completely close for some reason. Since we recently converted to a composting toilet, this seacock was no longer needed--so, the boatyard removed it and glassed in the hole.
|While I've made plenty of new holes in the boat, this was the first time a hole was removed. |
The head discharge through hull used to be located here.
Repair Frozen Seacock at Galley Sink Drain
This seacock was frozen in the open position which could lead to a dangerous situation if the sink drain hose started to leak. In fact, I noticed an accumulation of water in the area of this seacock as I prepared the boat for haul out. I have decided to drill a drain hole in this compartment so that any future water accumulation could easily drain into the bilge. Also, locating the source of this water and correcting it is very important--this task has been added to my future boat projects list.
Soda Blasting the Bottom
Soda blasting is a means of removing old layers of bottom paint--it can be used to restore old cars and it was even used to restore the Statue of Liberty. It is like sand blasting but uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) instead of sand. This is the first time I have ever had the bottom soda blasted and it will be the first time I have ever actually seen the coal tar epoxy barrier coat on the bottom since it was put on by the original owner and covered up by bottom paint ever since.
|This is a close up view of the condition of the bottom paint during the |
winter hall out of 2014. The extremely rough surface of the paint is
the reason we will be soda blasting the bottom.
|The bottom is enclosed in a plastic tent while the soda blasting is being done.|
|This is the stern after soda blasting. There are a lot of black marks on the dark |
blue waterline stripe that will have to be removed before bottom painting.