Well after a month and a half being in the “Yard”…. Slow Flight (Flo) was ready to get back in the water.
Originally we wanted to drill and drain the skeg which we thought had water in it, fiberglass the patch hole, re-barrier coat and paint the bottom of the hull….maybe a few weeks of work.
Well…not so fast…we decided to take the hull all the way down to the bare fiberglass which required sand blasting and grinding the fiberglass blisters out that are known for boats of our age. No…we didn’t do this ourselves thank goodness! We had the yard do it.
After sandblasting we had to wait for the hull to “dry out” and let all the water evaporate and this took a LONG time. After a week or so not seeing moisture readings change, we decided to do more research and talked to Don on SV Windcharmer and low and behold his brother, who does marine surveys, had the same boat as we did! We learned that there were only 14 models of the Morgan 452 built. Morgan, the boat builder, asked his yacht dealers for input on what people wanted in a boat and built 14 models specifically for different regions of the USA and gave them to the dealers for FREE. We have the Florida version.
We also learned that our boat’s fiberglass was layed up super thick and any of the blisters we were waiting to “dry out” would not cause any structural damage…so it was time to fiberglass it up!!!
After the fliberglass layed up…it was time to sand and then apply the barrier coat/primer and then the bottom paint.
While we had all this time on our hands. Trevor installed our new wind turbine on our mizzen mast. A custom stainless steal bracket, designed by himself (Trevor) and cost about $300 usd.
Now it’s time to “Splash”!