We now own a boat!! I don't think it is very pretty boat. It needs A WHOLE LOT OF WORK!! But she has a ton of potential. Mark says "She has pretty (graceful, beautiful) lines. "She is a diamond in the ruff."
There was a insurance commercial that starred a mother whose children bought a boat. She said "all they talk about is the BOAT! The BOAT, THE BOAT, THE BOAT!!!
So, we had the boat moved from Gresham to Dike's Marine & Storage in Scappoose Oregon. Working with Bruce and Debbie Helms has made this whole project possible. They are one of the few boatyards that will allow you to do your own work on your boat. Their help and resources are invaluable.
Well, that's the direction our lives took. Mark worked every weekend and worked work nights when it was still light outside. There was so much that needed to be redone due to sitting in the water and sitting unattended for the next 20 years.
The first thing Mark had to was to construct a storage cover to protect it from the rain because it wasn't water proof. It did leak! Not good.
He then chose to start working on the bottom of the boat, thinking that if he started with the nastiest job first everything else would be easy (wrong)! Anyway, all of the paint had to be sanded off. This sounds like a easy thing to do--just sand it off. Well.....
Then all the keel fairing had to be chiseled out and sanded then filled with the proper fairing material (fortified epoxy filler), sanded again and then painted with six coats of barrier coat and then six coats of COPPERCOAT bottom paint. COPPERCOAT claims to last up to 10 to 15 years, if it works as advertised it will justify the extra cost.
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