|Yes, the boat is that big and my wife is that cute.|
The engine and new prop performed well and we motored into the slipway with no drama. It was a great comfort having Jason along. He knows the engine well and was constantly checking on things. He's also great company and a very competent hand.
There were no big surprises when the boat came out of the water -- another blessing. She looks good for a middle-aged beauty. No blisters, although her iron keel needs a lot of work.
|Sanding bottom paint off the bootstripe. I know barnacles sometimes attach themselves to the boot, but bottom paint should remain on a boat's bottom. Use a scrub brush now an then.|
- Pressure washed the bottom,
- Sanded the entire topsides with 80 and 150 grit,
- Removed three unused plastic through hulls and a vent in the transom area,
- Filled and fiberglassed the remaining holes,
- Pulled her 60-foot mast,
- Sanded and epoxied the spreaders,
- Filled about a dozen small (less than dime sized) dings.
|We sanded down to the original gelcoat cove and bootstripes. The cheap plastic throughhulls in the stern are history too.|