Finally it was time for us to haul out Anne-Mon for the first time. Winter season in Sweden is over and most boat that been on the hard is now in the water which means a lot of free space for us. Finding a winter spot close to central Stockholm is not very easy for a bigger boat and one of the reasons we’ve been in the water over winter.
Anne-Mon has was last hauled out about 5-6 years ago, so we were pretty nervous to what we would find underneath the waterline…
To our surprise, the hull looked so much better than we expected. There is a bit of growth on the hull, and a few barnacles but still not much in comparison of what it could have been. Baltic Sea is a pretty “kind” sea, brackish water and compared to southern oceans growth is less, but even for a boat in the Baltic it looked pretty good. The hull was also very even and smooth, and no huge damages what we could find at this point, if there are any smaller ones we will probably find them when all old bottom paint is removed.
As it is a pretty old boat that has been in the water for so long our expectations on the shape of the hull were very low, so this was a nice surprise. We are really excited to add some new paint and make her look really pretty again. We also plan to paint the topsides as well, so it will hopefully be quite some difference.
Our plan for our time on the hard is to:
Remove old anti-fouling
Paint with epoxy based paint and fix smaller damages above waterline
Paint the topsides
Go over and change through-hulls were it is needed
Go over bow-thruster
Go over propeller
…and a bunch of other smaller jobs
First thing to do was to get rid of smaller things on the boat that will be in the way when sanding, for example; pulpit, winches etc. It was not so much effort removing them and it will make sanding and painting the topsides much easier. We also started removing the old bottom-paint.
We have also received the new battens and batten boxes for our new second hand main sail so we cut the battens in the correct size and attached the batten boxes. We are really looking forward to sail with this new sail, we think it will be a huge improvement compared to the old one, which was a bit worn out.
When we had added the final layer of paint in the cockpit we could start fixing other details in the cockpit. First up was to get the sprayhood for our sailboat in position, it was included when buying the boat and is proably not very old, since it is in very good condition. It is the same fabric as the boom covers which is really nice.
After the sprayhood was in place we started adding the hatches we bought a long time ago.
The white paint is very slippery when wet and that is not very good while sailing. So we addded some non-slip paint on the floor in the cockpit.
We still have some things left to do before we could leave for a small sailing trip, but we are getting there! 🙂
Finally all our preparations before painting the cockpit was done and we could paint it white. We used Epifanes polyurethane two-component lack, which was pretty easy to paint with. But it didn’t cover very good so on some places we needed four layers. We used foam rollers, which worked pretty well. They swallowed a lot of paint but the result was good. Since it is a two-component paint we also needed to change the foam rollers after some time since the paint dissolved the roller.
But now let’s look at some pictures of how it looked before and after painting. The real before and after pictures of the cockpit will be shown later when other things are finished as well, such as the cabin door and other details in the cockpit.
The cockpit looks really fresh and clean right now, we will see how long that lasts… 😉 We are not finished with the cockpit yet, we still have some other tasks left to do; like finish the cabin door, paint some of the floor parts in the cockpit with anti-slip paint, fix the teak around the cockpit and get all the hatches in position.
If you want to read our previous posts about the work we have done in the cockpit all posts related to that can be found under the tag Cockpit, and all plastic repairs we have done under the tag Plastic Repair.
After our failure with painting gelcoat in the cockpit (read more about it HERE) we decided to paint the cockpit with two component paint instead. Since we had some work to get rid of the gelcoat we also took the time to fix the final plastic crack we had. This crack had occurred during winter due to leakages above, when the temperature dropped the water inside froze and caused the plastic to crack. The reason for the water getting inside the plastic was some leakages in one of the cowling vents, which we have fixed, and hopefully that was the only leakage.
First up was to grind around the plastic crack, and to let the wood inside dry.
Then it was time for fun work, or maybe not… It was adding putty and sanding time! One thing we learned is that in order to have even surfaces the process of adding putty and sanding must be done more times than you first think.
As mentioned above we also had to get rid of the gelcoat in the cockpit that hadn’t hardened properly. We got rid of most of it and also sanded the surfaces we could. When we were satisfied it was time for the first layer of paint, the primer.
It was really nice to see the even surfaces and this primer covered really good. It was thin so we had to constantly stop the paint from running, but overall it was easy to paint with. Way easier than the gelcoat!
For both the primer and paint we chose to use Epifanes polyurethane 2-component lack.
We have actually already added the first layer of white paint, but we need two or three more layers to make it cover properly. After that we will be able to show some awesome before and after pictures! 🙂
After many days of preparing the cockpit for painting by adding putty and sanding, we were finally satisfied with the surfaces. We cleaned the cockpit thoroughly with both water and acetone and added masking tape. Our plan was to paint with gelcoat first and then add another layer of topcoat above. The reason for this is because if it doesn’t cover properly the topcoat most be sanded first before the second layer can be applied. If only gelcoat were to be used it would harden properly and will remain a little bit sticky.
We had discussed earlier if we should use a two component paint instead but since we had already bought the gelcoat (we did that early autumn last year) we thought we should go with it. Life would have been much easier if we had just bought the two component paint at that point.
Then our failures started. First up was the color of the paint. We had an idea that we should use a paint that wasn’t white-white, in order to make it more comfortable for our eyes when the sun is shining. So we had bought a paint named Bone-white, which we thought looked pretty white on the color map in the store. But when we opened it it we thought it looked pink/yellow, and it was not that color we wanted.
Nevertheless we thought we could still use it for the first layer and use a white topcoat. So we started painting with the gelcoat. Maybe not such a big surprise but it hardened really quick and it was hard to paint and get a good nice surface out of it. And after all the time and energy we have added to making the surfaces even in the cockpit, we doesn’t want the paint to ruin it. Also, a small cloud of rain passed by leaving small craters in the gelcoat, making the surface even more uneven.
We where only able to paint for like 10-15 minutes (then it hardened) and we soon decided that we wouldn’t continue with this and buy two component paint instead, which will be white, nothing else.
But since it is gelcoat that isn’t exactly easy. On some places it had been able to harden but is some other places it was still wet. On those places there had been one component paint under which had dissolved. We had removed as much of the one component paint as we could but in some narrow places there where still some left.
We sanded the places where it had harden in order to prepare it for the next layer of paint. On the places where it hadn’t hardened we tried to help the gelcoat by heating it. It helped in some places but wasn’t good enough. Instead we started to remove the gelcoat with a paint scraper, which worked really well. We got rid of the gelcoat and the one component paint below.
We will continue working with repairing our mistake, in the meantime we will also fix a plastic crack we have on deck so that we can paint it the same time as we paint the cockpit. After that and when we are satisfied with the cockpit we can finally start adding paint and hopefully the result will be what we expect it to be.