Refinishing Hulls and Other Fun Ways to Grow the Economy While Going Broke

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This is a photo-with-text narration covering the 3 weeks it took to refinish our sailboat's hull. All work was done in the AquaLand Marina Shipyard at Lake Lanier, GA from April 2 to April 23, 2010.

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Refinishing Hulls and Other Fun Ways to Grow the Economy While Going Broke

  1. 1. Refinishing Hulls and Other Sundry Ways to Grow the Economy Lake Lanier, Georgia / Aqualand Marina & Shipyard April 2-23, 2010 “ Scooter” in Its Slip at Aqualand
  2. 2. Aqualand Marina at Lake Lanier, Georgia
  3. 3. Every 5 years, sailboats must be dry-docked so that their hulls can be pressure-washed, sanded, patched, sanded again, primed, and repainted. (next slide)
  4. 4. This presentation shows parts of the 3-week refurbishing process our sailboat (“Scooter,” a 1980 Catalina-27) underwent from April 2 nd to April 23 rd . - Don Gerz, 2010
  5. 5. The following photos were taken on the 4 days noted below during the 3 weeks it took to refinish the boat’s hull. <ul><li>April 2-23, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Day 1 - April 2nd </li></ul><ul><li>Day 9 - April 10th </li></ul><ul><li>Day 17 - April 18th </li></ul><ul><li>Day 21 - April 23rd </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hauling Out, Pressure-Washing, Assessing, and Parking the Sailboat in Aqualand’s Shipyard Day 1 (of 21) Shipyard Friday, April 2
  7. 7. Although this sign reads “self-service,” we hired pros to haul out and paint our sailboat.
  8. 8. “ Scooter” Lift Slings Boat Lift
  9. 9. “ On the Count of 3, lift!”
  10. 10. “ Scooter” Moving up in the World
  11. 11. “ Scooter” on Its Way to the Yard
  12. 12. Lift Driver
  13. 13. Carol supervises the journey from lake to shipyard.
  14. 14. Making the Turn into the Shipyard
  15. 15. Moving the Boat into the Shipyard
  16. 16. Carol watches the power-washing.
  17. 17. Power-Washing
  18. 18. Power-Washing the Keel
  19. 19. Finishing the Power-Washing
  20. 20. Our painter (Wes) assesses the hull.
  21. 21. All work will be done here.
  22. 22. Wes (the painter) assesses the hull as Carol looks on.
  23. 23. Wes and Carol discuss areas needing extra attention.
  24. 24. Carol contemplates 3 weeks of no sailing.
  25. 25. I contemplate 3 weeks of Carol contemplating 3 weeks of no sailing.
  26. 26. Sanding, Drilling & Filling Holes from Blisters/Bubbles, More Sanding, and Priming Day 8 (of 21) Shipyard Saturday, April 10 (Carol’s Birthday!)
  27. 27. Scuffs like this one will be removed. Prime Coat
  28. 28. Prime Coat
  29. 29. Another Scuff to Be Removed.
  30. 30. Initial Cleaning and Buffing of the Upper Hull, Beginning of the Painting Process below the Waterline, and Starting to Paint the Water Level Stripe Day 17 (of 21) Shipyard Sunday, April 18
  31. 31. New Paint
  32. 32. New Stripe Color New Paint
  33. 33. New Stripe Color Old Stripe Color
  34. 34. Job Completed! Day 21 (of 21) Shipyard Friday, April 23
  35. 35. Hull Bottom Repainted
  36. 36. New Water Level and Upper Hull Stripes
  37. 37. Darker Hull Bottom Color All upper hull scratches were filled and its surfaces were cleaned and polished. Lighter Water Level Stripe Color
  38. 38. Water Level Stripe Hull Bottom Upper Hull
  39. 39. While the boat was dry-docked, we had the outboard motor serviced.
  40. 40. This photo of Carol and me was taken just before we paid everyone.
  41. 41. The crew readies “Scooter” for launch.
  42. 42. A crewman backs “Scooter” into the launch pool.
  43. 43. Carol and Wes (the painter) talk as the crewman continues to back “Scooter” into the launch pool.
  44. 44. Carol sails “Scooter” back to its slip while I make myself useful by taking her picture and drinking beer in the cabin below.
  45. 45. “ Scooter” Back in its Slip after 3 Weeks in the Shipyard
  46. 46. Starboard Side of “Scooter”
  47. 47. Port Side of “Scooter”
  48. 48. Carol cooks dinner while I try not to fall in the water while taking her picture.
  49. 49. And after dinner, we sailed off into…
  50. 50. … the sunset.
  51. 51. And then we died.

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