Part 2 Breathing New Life into my 2007 Beavertail Skiff
|De Rigging Evinrude Etec|
|Checking Platform Clearance|
|Dremel Smooths out nicks for new gel coat|
|Beau and CAT move Beavertail to sanding bay|
|Orig B2 Non skid|
|Starboard sanded with Polisher Port untouched orig non skid|
|Pencil makes a great Poor Man's Guide coat for sanding|
|Console and Radius on Cap|
In the times between sanding I drank a lot of coffee, kept fresh gum in my mouth for my own sanity while wearing a respirator 10 hours a day and added fresh gel coat in thick applications to some of the numerous dents and dings my deck had endured through the past seven seasons of guide duty. Carsten industries who made all of the original Beavertail skiffs has their own gel coat shop and online service and I was able to make contact with Scotty there and procure some fresh white gel coat for my deck and a couple of quarts of Seafoam for my hull where I removed the power pole and for future dent and ding repair. The method we use for gel coat repair is tried and true. After dremeling out the hard edges on any nicks we acetone the area clean for prep so that the new gel coat forms a tight bond. When pulling gel coat thick we use the gel coat, MEKP catalyst and a product called cavasil which is an inert thickening agent that turns a seemingly sprayable gel coat mix into a peanut butter consistency without adding any weight to your spread. This makes pulling your freshly prepped dings a little easier as you can fill the repair high, as gel coat shrinks during the life of the product, and then sand it down fare in prep for either gel coat spraying or hand blocking or painting applications.
As this progressed I decided to try a little gravity experiment. With a floor jack and a block of wood placed under the lower arm of the Power Pole Bracket I was able to gently elevate the stern of the skiff off the trailer bunks with the jack and let the forces of gravity do the rest. Ten minutes passed before I heard the hull make contact with the bunks again and a little more knife work and the bracket was off. Small victories are a big deal around here! While the 5200 pulled a small area of gel coat it was nothing I couldn't fix so I made up some thick and spread it on to let it cure before I would come back to it and sand it out fare again. Later we'll revisit how to properly install the new Power Pole in this thread.
Since I was already busy with the DA sanding out non skid and slicks I decided that I'd add some non skid surface area to the aft sponsons as none of the Beavertails had any non skid aft of the poling platform. With the aid of a scribe/compass I was able to follow the original area of nonskid aft and around the sponson and close the line behind the bench seat to offer more non skid area, which is of course more durable than slicks and provides better traction as well.
|New nonskid penciled/unsanded radius on hatch|
By the end of Monday afternoon I had completely sanded the entire cap, console, bilge and cockpit to specs and we were ready to look at it in the daylight. I rinsed the entire boat and trailer free of dust and dried it off so it could be prepped for primer. All in all it was a long and solitary weekend and while the work was tedious I was privileged to have the music to keep me going thanks to Rober Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Ramirez, The Stones, Otis Redding and more! If you're thinking about undertaking a project like this please consult a professional for your own health/sanity. I was wearing full protective gear and ear protection as well as a respirator. This type of work is hard on the body. I thoroughly enjoyed the labor and will be happy to see the finished painted product some time later this week. I'll keep you all posted here and on my Facebook/Twitter and Instagram feeds with live updates of the progression of my B2 Restoration.
All the Best,
Captain Seth Vernon
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