Part 3: Beavertail Restoration Part 3: Sand, Prime, Paint...Repeat.
3/6/2014The only way I can explain boat repair/maintenance is that it is cyclical. Once you finish one task or repair another one begins.Whoever said BOAT was an acronym for "break out another thousand" was right. I am not complaining mind you I'm just pointing out to all the DIYers out there that you should seek or consult with a professional before undertaking a project like this.
With the sanding phase of the primer over the next step was to prep the boat again with Awl Prep and rags and then make sure the boat was as dust/lint free as possible so we didn't end up with dust in our finished and curing paint job. After some debate and agreement Beau and I decided to paint the skiff with an Awlcraft 2000 Cloud White. It's a great white color with rich bright white tones you might find in Shakira's Teeth in the latest Crest commercial and none of the cream hints you'll find in colors like Oyster White. After this coat of finished paint in cloud white the skiff really had a gorgeous finish luster or "Glossed Out" appearance. A few beers and some high fives and Beau and I again walked away from the skiff for a few days to let it "kick" or harden.
I took this opportunity to connect with Stuart
While the paint was curing on the deck I began work on rewiring the trailer and learned an important tip from Luke Donat of Donat Marine Solutions in Wilmington, NC. Most companies ground their wires to the trailer rather than run two separate grounds from the plug to the tail lights aft. The problem with grounding to an aluminum boxed frame trailer is #1 you create electrolysis every time you launch or load the skiff or operate your trailer with wet components, especially in the salt. #2 Running two fresh grounds from the trailer harness aft is slightly more expensive on a manufacturer. So I chose not to ground to the frame and bought 50 extra feet of white marine grade ground wire with the hopes I won't be chasing "grounds" as I have so many years past when a light stops functioning. I also replaced my tires, which were worn from 2 years of use, a couple of rollers, rims, clearance and stop/turn lights as well as safety cables for towing this upcoming season.
After completing my trailer retrofit the paint on the deck was now dry enough to touch but not yet sand in preparation for completing the Awlgrip non skid. So I spent a day doing minor gel coat repairs and finish sanding to the hull. After repairing small dents and dings I attacked the chore of compounding and waxing the entire hull. This proved to be well worth my time as it really brought out a luster in the boats gel coat that I hadn't seen in a while. It's always amazing to me to see how much more vibrant paint or gel coat is after a good polishing.
While I was working on the hull and platform I sent my new 3 spoke stainless Gemlux Wheel off to Capt. Phil Woodham down in Titusville, FL for some custom rope work. Capt. Phil is a true renaissance man and has kept the tradition of nautical rope work alive and well hand braiding countless wheels, gaffs and more for passionate anglers. Part aesthetic part function of comfort the tradition of running coxcombing on a wheel dates back to early sailing times when the c
oxcombe stitch was used on large sailing vessels to mark the rudder's center position on the wheel. Now more elaborately finished with Turk's Heads knots and wrapping the entire wheel Capt. Phil has aided a lot of anglers in their desires to adorn their wheels with a timeless traditional elegance. I certainly appreciate the time and hand crafted skill required to do this and was proud to have a piece of Capt. Phil's history adorn my wheel and this special skiff. I think you'll agree it was a nice touch!
Finally the Beavertail's deck was ready for taping off the slick areas and sanding of the nonskid areas. I carefully taped all my non skid outlines and began hand sanding all my tape edges, being extra careful not to eat the tape with my 80 grit sand paper creating flaws in my upcoming non skid application. With my hand sanded perimeter in place I once again used the DA sander to scratch the larger areas with 80 grit to make a better bond with the soon to be applied Awlgrip nonskid.
I finished out the week with the beginning stages of re rigging the Beavertail. I started by polishing, priming and re sanding my aluminum motor mounting plates, repairing gel coat nicks in my casting platform and painting it seafoam green to match the hull, rigging the console gauges, re installing the jack plate and new Taco Rub Rail. The project is truly back on track after some atrocious winter weather causing delays, busted knuckles and a lot of hustling to watch the paint dry.
Please stay tuned in as we near the final stages and get closer to finishing the rigging phase. I'm already further along in finishing the skiff than this reflects but I need a few more days of work to post the progress! Thanks for taking the time to check out the skiff, the site and my progress on this renovation.
All the Best,
Capt. Seth Vernon
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