Ready For Sailing

Cay of Sea is unwrapped, sanded, painted, signed, sealed. . .  but not delivered. I’m waiting for the boat yard to launch her.

As usual, I used Hydrocoat antifouling paint, and continue to be satisfied with its performance. It effectively keeps the hard growth at bay for two seasons, and is easy to sand smooth after the second year, prior to recoat.

The winter cover greatly reduces deterioration due to weathering, and effectively keeps rain water on the outside. Like most older boats, Cay of Sea has her share of deck leaks, typically along the gunnels. Eventually I’ll need to recore the side decks and rebed hardware. The decks aren’t soft anywhere, but I know there are sections of saturated core along the sides.

Here are a few photos of the spring work.

 

Winter storage

Sanding in progress

Sanding complete. Topsides washed and waxed.

Not shown, but I coated the prop with cold galvanizing spray this year. I usually use bottom paint, which works fairly well. We’ll see how it works – I’ve heard good reports.

Starboard view.

 

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3 comments
  1. In fact, we use the cold galvanizing spray (Barnacle Ban), and it works for us in the chilly PNW waters for 2+ years. Unfortunately, we haul every 3 years, so the prop is pretty groady by haulout time. It should work well for you for a season, even in your warm water

    • I just learned about it recently. Not sure how I’ve missed it before.

  2. Happy sailing this season, Rick! We’re going to be boating in our 23′ Sea Ray bowrider, exploring the Choptank River and it nooks and crannies.

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