Our 1956 Chris Capri 19’ runabout’s preservation roared past a major milestone today. Her bottom is
- Refastened the bottom entirely
- Sanded fair using 60 grit
- Sealed with three coats of Smith’s CPES
- Seams are caulked with TotalBoat Thixo Flex Flexible Epoxy Adhesive
• Filled the countersinks using 3M Premium Marine Filler and then faired the bottom again using 80 grit paper
• Applied an additional coat of CPES
• Primed with five coats of Interlux Interprotect 2000E Barrier Coat Epoxy Primer
• Painted with two coats of Pettit 1933 Copper Bronze Antifouling Bottom Paint
Her chines and from the bow back about four feet, I applied a third coat of the antifoul to compensate for the extra scrubbing action water racing by the hull imparts in those areas.
We also used Frog Tape, which we warmed to achieve a knife-edge line between the bottom paint and what will be the white boot stripe.
And next? As is clear from the thumbnail photo at the front of this clip, sanding her topsides fair and then bleaching them with Dalys A&B Bleach mixed 1:3 parts A and B to maximize bleaching await me.
And to think my dear wife was concerned I would not find enough to do to keep me occupied during our extreme isolation!
I know all about the fallacy of composition, and, yes, it is but one data point, but the fact that I had to mow 6” tall grass today, on April 19, way up here in northern Vermont makes me even more concerned about Climate Change … Just sayin’.