Monday, October 27, 2014

Columbia 43 Painting finished

Oceanus coming out of the paint tent ready to receive her mast before launching.
Here are some photos and a short video of the new paint job on our Columbia 43 Oceanus. It only tells part of the story of our six-week haulout. In addition to the professional application of the AwlCraft 2000 on the topsides we:

  • sandblasted the bottom and the keel taking off about six layers of old bottom paint;
  • sanded, faired with epoxy the keel and bottom;
  • painted three coats of epoxy barrier coats on the bottom and keel;
  • painted two coats of Trinidad hard bottom paint;
  • removed four through hulls and repaired the hull with epoxy and lots of fiberglass;
  • installed three new through hulls;
  • replaced two old through hulls;
  • unstepped the mast and rewired it as well as taking apart all the rigging and inspecting it;
  • removed old transducer and replaced with new one;
  • removed rust and painted the mast step;
  • made rigging improvements to the mast;
  • sealed deck with epoxy around mast partners;
  • removed and replaced the cutlass bearing;
  • more than doubled the capacity of the cockpit drains.

Roberto sprays on the bootstripe on Oceanus.
There are several smaller things we did as well, but those are the main things. In all, Oceanus looked good for not being hauledout for more than 12 years. These are tough old boats and can put up with a lot of neglect, But the piper was past due and had to be paid.
Virginia unwraps the masking on Oceanus's stern.
This was a very tough project with Virginia and I working all day nearly every day from Sept. 5 to Oct, 22. We were bone tired every night and in the morning it felt like the movie Groundhog Day where we had to relive the previous days until we got it right. For Virginia is was mostly sanding, fairing and sanding some more followed by painting. While I did a lot of that too, I tackled some tough projects that were difficult and intimidating -- the through hulls and the cutlass bearing were the two biggies.
Roberto times how long it takes the Awlcraft 2000 paint to drain from a measuring funnel. He's a great guy with a lovely family in addition to being a terrific painter.
The yard painter, Roberto, was excellent. He did the sandblasting and sprayed the topsides paint. He also did an excellent job replicating the original cove and boot striping on the boat. He directed us on the prep work and the bottom painting. In all, I thought the yard workers at the Yaquina River Boatyard in Toledo, Ore., were excellent. Thank you Leo and crew.