Not really a fishing report but more of a documentary of the process of bottom paint. I was lucky enough to get the best bottom painter in the state to fit me into his schedule. I had other quotes from shops that would just slap on a top coat to the already numerous layers that showed decades of aging, cracking and peeling.
The process would be labor intensive, laser marking the water line, and then painstakingly sand blasting all the crud off to get to the original hull color. Then a good barrier coat of the hull area and appropriate epoxy on the grady drive. That original epoxy would be painfully stubborn along with some crayzing on the transom. A heavy epoxy coat and and then it would be prep time for the PPG Navy Blue paint.
I’ve got a few projects to finish up once I get her back including:
Lower unit fluid change
Reconnecting the nmea 2000 Yamaha to the gateway.
Installation of the Miller Marine bait table with custom Traxtech pedestal bases.
Install of the new Ongaro marine wiper arms with Goodyear 20″ blades.
Addition if 4 more rocket launchers, and syncing of the new Google Nexus 10 tablet.
I’ll be happy once it’s all together and ready for the Everett Blackmouth Derby.
New PPG paint in place with ball scuppers, epoxy base coat on the Grady drive with zinc anode. The problem with some of the corrosion on the aluminum drive was due to to use of copper based paint. It’s all been sand blasted and properly treated for the elements.
Bob also moved the trailer winch forward about 12″ and re-adjusted the bunks as to allow for a better fit and more tongue weight to deter the sway at highway speeds.
While the last posts haven’t been too much fly fishing related, I hope to. Make it out to the basin lakes next month. It’s been an unusually colder and wetter winter and those basin lakes are probably still frozen over.
There are also a few local lakes that I’d like to give a try as well. Maybe dig a few steamer clams and catch and release some trout.