October 14, 2007
So, in the future, if we say we plan to paint the boat, slap us. Seriously, you have our permission. Painting a 40' catamaran is not easy. We started off with the goal of glossy beauty and have reduced our expectations to a work-boat finish.
I can hear you snorting. I know, you've painted your living room, maybe a bathroom. "How hard can a boat be?" You ask. Well - boats are all curvy, and they have crap all over them, and you can only paint them when the weather is good, and if its not to windy. And even then bugs have a tendency to hurl themselves at the wet paint, and big boats go by just as you hit the tricky bits.
It's hard I say with a long whinge - really hard.
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Sympathy. When we repainted our boat we put a new boot stripe on. Lot's of prep, sanding, priming, repeat, then first finish coat, sanding... you know the drill. Half way around the boat on the final finish coat, with a beautiful job being done, a huge Santa Anna wind pops up raising all the sand and grit for blocks around. We joke that we now have the only boat with a non-skid boot stripe.
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