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JFM posted 08-05-2002 04:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for JFM   Send Email to JFM  
I have just completed wet sanding the top side and DA'd the bottom paint off of my 1964 Nauset.

The water line was way off on the old bottom paint job. It was 4-5"s higher than it should have been along the outer chines.

Because of this I must paint the boat. I don't want to re gel it.

Should I paint (Imron) the above water line first, before I repair and paint the bottom or do the bottom first?

Thanks, Jay

David Jenkins posted 08-05-2002 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I would think you would want to make all of your repairs before you started painting anywhere. You may decide to spray a coat of primer over the whole thing before you put on the Imron.

BTW, why did you decide againt re-gelcoating? Too much sanding involved?

JFM posted 08-05-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     

The boat was purchased to be my fishing boat in Fla.. When my son and I fish we are very hard on a boat. I want to just get it ready for fishing.

I restored my 1972 13' to mint condition, gel coat repaired, stripped and finished most of the wood and repowered.

After 2 weeks of every day fishing, the 13 needs a new make over.

So, until we quit fishing, I'm not going to go over board restoring this one.

However, I did order a new RPS, and I'm refinishing the console, and I'm repowering her.

What the hell maybe I will re-gel her after all. Nah!

Regards, Jay

David Jenkins posted 08-05-2002 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
What did the two weeks of fishing do to damage your restoration? Please educate me so I don't make the same mistake. I am about to redo the wood, re-gelcoat and re-power a 15'.
JFM posted 08-06-2002 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     

It's where we fish is the main problem. The secondary problem is the size of the boat.

Our dock in Fla. on high tide in the summer is 18-24"s, low tide can be as low as 4-6"s. We scrape bottom and hit oyster bars. We also beach the boat.

When you fish in a 13' you don't have much room. When you catch a nice size fish, you beat the inside of the boat up, with nets, gaff etc.. With 2=14 year old boys excited as hell, the last thing I want to do is yell at them to be careful not to scape the wood up.

With the size of the Nauset, I think it will be much more fishable. I'm not going to have anythng aft of the cooler behind the RPS, so this should cut down of the inside wear and tear.

The low tide is another story.

Regards, Jay

Tom W Clark posted 08-06-2002 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

What you do to the inside of the boat doesn't have to be the same as the outside. If you are going to put bottom paint back on the bottom then we're only talking about the topsides, correct?

Is there so little gel coat left on the topsides now that it can't be wet sanded out well enough to live with? If this is not to be a show boat maybe some scratches are acceptable.

If you are thinking of doing something with the topsides I would consider gel coat in lieu of paint. If the boat is used hard, paint will not hold up nearly as well as gel coat.

Gel coat is easy to apply but a bear to sand flat. The interior of a hull would be very difficult to sand out because of the complex shape but the topsides of a 16 are the one area that would be relatively easy to deal with because they are substantially flat on the sides and transom with only a bit of complication from the chines and sponsons in the bow area.

If you repower with a motor thatís heavier than what you have now the waterline may be close to where it needs to be in the stern so even less of the previously bottom painted topsides may show.

By the way, what does "DA'd" mean?

David Jenkins posted 08-07-2002 06:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Dual Action (DA) sanders are variable-speed, high performance tools that can remove material as fast as a belt sander but as gentle as a palm sander. Most are powered by an air compressor. See .
JFM posted 08-07-2002 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
David and Tom thank you.

Tom I sent you a long winded email.
Regards, Jay

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