Archive for May, 2014

At her mooring

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Galatea hit the water this week! The picture above was taken from the boat launch on approaching the boat for the first time. I spent the afternoon getting her ready for sea. Couldn’t put the sails on, the winds were too strong. But I was able to put the dodger up, get the engine started, secure the batteries, and the 100 other things that needed doing.

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…)