Been a long winter, and have since moved from North Shore, MA to York, Maine to my new home. With a garage and bay, I had the boat covered all winter, flipped onto horses (by myself--it was quite the process back in the fall!) and waiting for the thaw to allow work to begin. In the next few weeks, the trailer will be getting rehabbed while the hull gets the final strip and sand. From there, West System, sanding, priming, and painting!! Stay tuned as we go "forward".
Sample of Items Rechromed, Summer 2010
Steering Wheel Hub, Rechromed
Rechromed Summer of 2010
Second View of Bow Light, Rechromed
Below are pictures off what has taken place to date. I had to heat strip the entire boat, removing all the old bottom paint. Under the blue bottom paint I found a layer of original red that covered the bottom of the boat, up to the water line, and even the spray rails. Moving "up" I worked on the lapstrakes, removing another two-three layers of old white paint.
I believe I removed as much as i possibly can using that method-and do not want to use chemicals to do more. Since the boat will get all new primer and multiple layers of oil paint, I am confident I can sand all down to a smooth surface and in the end, have a perfect paint job.
Starboard Side of Boat Heat Stripped-55 Year Old Paint embedded!
Heat Stripped Ready for Sanding, Filling Holes and Smoothing Suface with West System, then More Sanding!
Look at Bow After Heat Stripping. Sanding and filling, reconstituting sharp lines all on order.
Take a look at this AFTER picture. Wow. I must have filled and sanded this portion at least 6 times.
Trailer Prior to Parts Removed
1956 Rubber Roller Didn't Last-But the Bolt Holding it is Fine!
Wheel Off. Fenders off. Those holding the fenders on the mount were the hardest to remove. Bolts and nuts were frozen solid, I literally twisted the bolts and broke'em off.
Rollers on Spine of Trailer...Easiest Pieces to Remove Believe it or Not!
Had to Cut the Bolts to Remove the Shaft/Crank
Same Winch and Trailer, All Better Now
Left Fender, MA Plate (1961), Roller, and Brake Light
Restored, Sept 25 2011-Notice restored plate! Will add new bunks and replace rollers on centerbeam
Had to take the Wheels off to Remove the Fenders
What a difference thanks to a full blasting, zinc, and powder coating!
Right Fender, Roller, and Reflector Prior to Removal
Thank You-Powder Coating Alternatives in Newington NH!
And Night Falls on the Boathouse. Sea Coaster and Trailer Minding Time Before an Eventual Launch.
Photos will show the Diatomaceous Earth applied with a mix of Naptha. I am leaving it on overnight, though I can tell it has already absorbed a lot. Moving on, I began filling the random holes and uneven areas, especially those at the stern and bow. Those areas were/are beat up and will take several coats of filler to fill, before sanding to a perfect surface for painting. I mixed the resin/hardner as prescribed, and used just enough additive filler so that the consistency is not too thick. I really wanted to get the mixture into the nooks and crannies of the chipped, worn, and "chopped" (especially in the stern and bow) areas. With temps just above 40 degrees, curing time was slow but did force me to pay close attention to push and shape the mix as it cured. I did this, of course, only in areas that will be painted the original color(s) of the hull and will be filling/shaping areas to be stained (mahogany areas) with only glue and mahogany sawdust.
Next, more applications of the west system with filler along the entire hull where fill is needed, adding some cut fiberglass to the keel as I rebuild to original size/diameter. Additionally, I will be using the double syringe method to inject resin/hardener into the area between the lapstrakes and transom, as well as along the length of the keel on both sides.
First coat of mixed filler and resin, mixed to "heavy syrup" to get in nicks and cracks. The bonding properties and smooth finish will create a great base for a perfect paint job.
Diatomaceous Earth and Naptha on Area of Stain. Thought I would clear it before applying resin, primer, paint, etc.
Rot cut out of keel-will rebuild with fiberglass and West to like-new specifications. On right side of picture, closest to the keel, notice an area that was patched previously. That will be sanded smooth after more patching,
Stern view (boat is upside down) of first coat of West System. This area, on the other side too, and where the transom meets the planks, has been checked up a bit over time. More resin then sanding till smooth.
So it's been getting old with the continuous mixing and filling with the West System, waiting for it to dry, then sanding. However, I finally reached the point where I applied the first coat of PAINT to the ol '56! The plan from here will be to fill what i missed or what may look like it needs more attention, sand the first coat of paint and re apply a second coat. From that point a nice coat of red will cover the bottom below the water line, and the splash guards. That is the original color scheme-simple, classic RED, WHITE, and BEAUTIFUL MAHOGANY.
First Coat of Oil Based White Paint with Primer
Fresh Look on a 1956 Sea Coaster
First Coat of Paint-More Sanding, Painting, and Sanding to Come!
What a Difference Some Filler Makes on a Chopped Up Bow
Pics here show that the final coat of paint has been applied, though I am sure touch ups will be necessary as in any job. I have put on three coats of white and three coats of red. I suppose as soon as the boat hits the trailer it will be scratched up a bit, but hey, that's what it's about. From here on in I will add a stainless steel stem/keel guard which will have to be manufactured. After getting that on, this boat is ready to be flipped back to her rightside position, where hopefully she will remain so for the next 50 years.
Final Paint Job Before Flipping (image rotated as boat is upside down)
View of Completed Paint (Photo Flipped Upright as Boat is Still Upside Down)
First Coat of Varnish on Transom and Sheerstrakes
Second View of First Coat of Transom Varnish
Third look-Have to Sand and Varnish Several More Times!
Last Days of Boat "Wrong Side Up!". Moving to Restored Trailer for Final Stain/Finish/Varnish and Re-Assembly!