Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

Bottom Paint

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

After stripping the old bottom paint off the hull of Galatea, the Boatyard applied a coat of Interlux barrier coat followed by a coat of hard epoxy anti-fouling paint. I requested the Boatyard use black paint. That way I’ll know when the red or blue ablative paint I use wears off. (more…)

Propeller Blues

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The summer of 2013 was one of the worst years in memory for marine growth. The propeller and shaft of Galatea were so badly fouled by August 1st,  I couldn’t get over 4 knots while motoring at full throttle. The picture above doesn’t do justice to how really bad the prop and shaft was fouled. (more…)

Soda Blast

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Last spring while I was painting the anti-fouling bottom paint just before launch, the old existing paint started coming off in sheets. It was really bad. Seventeen years of paint was failing. The paint buildup was thick and no longer adhered to the barrier coat. As I painted, the paint rollers kept getting covered with paint chips.The bottom paint applied ended up being a bumpy mess. And there was nothing I could do about it. The boat was being launched that week, I had no time to strip the old paint and start over. (more…)

Galatea Lives Another Day

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hello…. It’s been awhile. Four years to be exact. Time really does fly. A lot has gone on during the past four years in my life. But not so much in the way of sailing. Galatea has been launched every Spring and hauled out every Fall. I’ve done a fair amount of sailing every year. But it’s been all day sailing around Buzzards Bay. Nothing of any real interest for my blog. Hence why I haven’t posted any entries in so long. (more…)

Engine Maintenance

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

  Got down to the boat this Sunday to continue my spring maintenance projects. Turned out to be too cold to do any painting or apply cetol to the teak. Instead it was good opportunity to work on the engine. (more…)

Here we go again!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

  Hello. I’m back! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything in my sailing blog. In fact, I haven’t written anything all winter. And for good reason….. I haven’t done anything all winter.

 Well, it’s March and I’m ready to get going. Last weekend I went down to the boat for the first time this year. The picture above is before I stepped foot on the deck. The plastic tarp I tied down blew off as you can see. Otherwise, Galatea is looking great. (more…)

Old anti-fouling paint

Friday, November 27th, 2009

  I discovered something that I never read before in any sailing magazines or books. The effectiveness of anti-fouling paint degrades over time. That statement seems like common sense. But I didn’t know that, nor as I mentioned ever heard of that before. (more…)

Back to work

Friday, November 27th, 2009

 Last weekend I started my winter’s maintenance work. I had a list of a dozen things to do. Though of course I ended up working primarily on a single project and getting only a few things done. That always seems to happen. The reason being, I start out thinking I only need to do something minor, then as I start taking things apart, I find I have a whole bunch of stuff to fix.

 The picture above is my steering pedestal. That was my major project last weekend. There had been a leak under the pedestal all last season. So, I intended to spend a half hour or so sealing up the base of (more…)

Update to repair projects

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009


Janet and I slept on Galatea last Saturday night. It was really great. All my hard work over the winter paid off. With the old crudy hull liner carpeting removed, the boat was enjoyable to live on. No horrible mildew smells. Actually, it smells like a new boat with all the newly installed vinyl. On another note, it rained pretty hard Saturday night  and no water made it’s way into the cabin. Fixing the dorade boxes did the job. In fact, the leaks I had over the last few years were all due to those $%&$%^ dorade boxes. This summer is going to be enjoyable living aboard Galatea every weekend. The picture above is the end of Long Wharf in Mattapoisett on Memorial Day. I don’t know why I posted it. Guess I just like it.

The last day before spring launch

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

   Janet and I are tired, beat up, and bruised today. We went all out yesterday, Saturday, to get Galatea ready for launch on Monday. I took the picture, above, of Janet while she was on waxing the deck. She probably won’t like this picture. She had just stood up while I snapped the picture of her. But it’s the only one I had of her on the deck. (more…)