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Hey everybody. We're finally splashing the boat today. The lift will put the boat back in the water at around 10:30am. The boat is finally ready to go. The hull has been painted with 2 coats of anti-fouling paint, and the teak decks and floors are done. A few osmosis blisters were found and filled in with apoxy sealer. Blisters are common in fiberglass boats. Microscopic water molecules get into and in between the fiberglass layers and begin to build up, creating these 'blisters.' Yacht owners freak out when they spot them. In our case, the blisters were small, so even though the hull had already been painted, we ground the blisters out with a machine and filled the small cavities with apoxy resin.
I would highly recommend getting a full-body suit and a face mask for the sanding part of the re-painting. The anti-fouling paint is really foul stuff. If you go slow with the roller when painting, you can get away with not using a suit.
The gentleman in the videos who is working with Mike to get us back in the water is Kern, of the lift operators. Very cool guy, and he's been with PB for 5 years. That piece of metal that you see him putting through the straps was a propeller shaft that was cut down into the required sizes.
Anyway, the boat looks good, and I can't wait to get going. We've been in Chagauramas way too long already.