616Hrs – Happy Birthday Gleda!
Today was an appropriate day to reach a highly visible milestone…… A year ago I had two pieces of plywood and I said Gleda Lives! Now I have two beautiful white hulls. More than that I feel like I have a boat, there may be a huge amount of work left to do but I know that these hulls will carry me and my dreams wherever I want to go. She’s real, she’s strong, she’s beautiful, she grows day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year, getting closer and closer to being at one with the wind and the waves sailing to distant shores …….Gleda really lives now!
December 11th 2006 December 11th 2007
The weather today was too good to miss, cold but still and, importantly, dry. I knew the cure of the high build epoxy primer would be slowed by the low temperature but the most important thing is to apply it to a dry surface with no risk of condensation. To be sure I used my Protimeter to check the air temperature, surface temperature and dew point to confirm all was well. I have to say it is very scary mixing up a tin of paint worth £40 when you aren’t sure how long it will take to start curing or how long it will take to apply! I got seriously worried when my foam rollers started disintegrating after about 10 minutes use because of the solvent in the paint. At one point I was anticipating a disaster until I found a better larger roller sleeve that lasted the whole job. All in all it was nice work, one of those jobs where your efforts are highly visible and rewarding. Today I was able to reap the benefits of all those hours of filling, sanding and fairing because, apart from a few small irregularities, the standard of finish is good. I wanted to achieve the best I could and I’m happy that I’ve done that, there has to be a balance if the job is ever to be finished and further hours spent trying to achieve perfection on areas under the water that will be covered with more paint and antifouling cannot be justified.