Paint Planning

I’ve been researching what the best fillers, barrier coats, antifouling, topside, interior and deck paints are. Based on availability of materials here in Japan, and budget vs quality, the following is my plan so far: Resin: WestSystem 105 epoxy with 206 hardener in kit form, using pump system for measurement ease of use. I’ll use this epoxy resin for repairing …

Interior Planning

Here are some pictures of the interior. I took these to get an idea of what needs to be repaired and to use as a planning reference. So far the major repairs are: Painting: The entire hull interior and bulkheads need to be sanded and painted with white polyurethane paint. Cabin sole: The previous owner removed the centre section and …

Bent Strut Update

As yesterday morning was very windy and rainy I had to wait until the afternoon to continue sanding the hull. Instead I worked inside the boat. As mentioned in this post, the prop shaft strut (P-bracket) was bent when the previous owner caught a dock line and wrapped it around the shaft. Because of this wrapped line she had to …

Progress!

Today my co-worker Masuda-san came out to the Marina to lend a hand. He helped scraping paint and sanding. After an explanation on how to use the random orbital sander he got the hang of it quickly: He progressed quickly and with me scraping and him sanding we finished most of the port side. Thanks Masuda-san! Facebook Comments

Masthead Light

The past two days I’ve been slowly and carefully grinding away the outer fiberglass skin of the keel in order to dry it out, fair, fill and re-skin it. It’s slow going and very dusty. Luckily my new respirator arrived in time and my protective wear has been upgraded. I took a break from grinding today to install the new …

Deck Work

Just a few pics of the deck with a bit more junk removed. I primarily took these so I could refer to them as I plan how to strip the old paint off the deck and re-paint her. As you can see, she suffers from a lack of winches 😛 Facebook Comments

Suited Up

Scraping, sanding and grinding off old bottom paint, fibreglass and lead means dealing with a lot of toxins. It’s important to wear appropriate protection. Fibreglass dust consists of tiny glass particles that get into your skin and really itch! I recommend a Tyvek suit, dual respirator and sealing goggles. My new respirator and goggles are on back order, so for now …

Searching for Even Keel

The plan for today was to try and finish scraping and sanding the hull. That didn’t happen. Instead I spent the entire day investigating the deepening mysteries of the keel. I woke up at 4:00 am and couldn’t get to sleep again, so I headed down to the boat early. I figured the Marina might open early on the weekend. …

View From the Top

Today I tried to finish scraping and sanding the hull. I got as far as the keel: Unfortunately, I discovered a lot of blisters on the keel, so the next step there will the to carefully open up and inspect each one, as well as crack the epoxy seals off the keel bolts inside the boat and inspect them for …

Okinawa Naha to Kerama Islands

As mentioned before, the final deciding factor in getting this boat was the great trip we had down in Okinawa. Mom and Dad came over from Canada and we met in Naha, rented a Yamaha 30 in Itoman, and sailed to Zamami and the Kerama Islands and back again. It was 8 days sailing in total, and just an incredible …