We have been slaving away trying to get Ellie painted and back in the water as soon as possible. We are doing all the work ourselves so every night we are both completely exhausted. The work starts at 7am and we don’t get to the COLD shower until about 6pm. We spent all weekend grinding out some osmotic water blisters from the fiberglass and then sealing, filling and fairing the holes we made. Most of the blisters were only as deep as the paint but our overzealous Polynesian yard hand went to town with a grinder for an hour when I wasn’t looking and created a whole weekend worth of work for us!
It’s a really good thing we hauled out though because we found a sizable hole in the bottom of the aft section of the keel. I was able to grind it all the way to the glass, epoxy and seal it off then fair it completely flat again. There was also a small crack in our brand new rudder but luckily we caught it now and were able to grind out the moisture and seal that off as well.
So now we have primed all the spots we repaired and this afternoon put the first of three coats of ablative anti-fouling paint on the bottom. Tomorrow we will roll on the other two coats and also roll on the hard anti-fouling paint to the bootstripe.
The work is grueling, the weather is hot and humid and we keep getting swarmed by mosquitoes even after coating ourselves in bug spray.
Needless to say we can’t wait to be back in the water mid-week and headed for Bora Bora.
Here are some pics of the progress.