She has had osmosis treatment, new standing rigging and the engine was treated to a 5000 hour overhaul.
She had been fitted with a new teak deck only a few years earlier and this only required a good clean (no sanding)
The topside stripes were repainted and the original topside gel coat was polished up.
What appeared was mositure bleeding though the weakened gel coat
It is what we expected from the initial moisture readings so no one was really surprised
A bit of manual grinding is also needed to shape out some weakened areas and expose some more material around the voids.
Voids are now opened up and thorough, repeated high pressure washing starts, then just leave to dry……….
That,s what is so great with Portugal, just leave her out and the hot, dry weather will do the job without the need for tents and hot vacs.
As would be expected the rudder required quite some rebuilding. Here we had wrap fibre glass rovings around the leading edge of the rudder and substantially build up the deteriorated surface.
Some months later, giving her plenty of time to dry out, we can start the epoxy paint system. Where there has been heavy grinding back and weakened laminate repairs are carried out with fibreglass rovings to build up the surface. Working in small manageable sections areas are wetted out, ensuring the resin penetrates the small voids and open laminate. Then epoxy filler is applied. Once the entire hull has been coated it can be sanded down to take another fairing filler.
A final sanding is carried out and then layers of epoxy resin are applied, again working in small sections so that the surface never dries out.
The epoxy paint system is applied when the temperature and humidity are at acceptable levels.
Finally the blue stripes were painted on, the topside gel coat polished up and the underwater hull primed to take antifouling paint.
Hull: Slick Hull
Engine and machinery: Bluewater Marine Serices
Rigging: Just Boats
Electrical: John Holloway