Removing a layer of paint from our Hobie 14’s hulls was not a job I was looking foreward to. The above picture clearly shows some peeled paint covering originally yellow hulls. However, truth be told it hasn’t been as much a pain in the butt as I expected. At first I nievely thought that I could sand down the boat by hand. After an hour with sand paper Asya and I could hear the universe laughing at us as we got absolutely nowhere. As with woodworking I accept that boat maintenance is a learning process. We quickly learned that removing the rquired layer of paint would require more mechanical muscle then I could supply in a timely manner. So I invested in a Porter Cable sander/polisher. The Porter Cable worked wonders, I cleaned half the port hull in a couple hours instead of the several hours or days it would have taken by hand.
There is still plenty of sanding to be done to fair up the current sanding job and prepare the 40 year old gelcoat for polishing. In addition to sanding and polishing there are also a few repairs that need to be made to the gelcoat. I’m thinking of using epoxy to fix some of the small raw spots in the gelcoat. Epoxy is by no means the most esthetically pleasing option but color matching the faded gelcoat will be impossible. At this point I would rather create a structurally sound boat rather than a pretty looking boat. But a patched yellow boat will look much better than a fading and peeling yellow and white boat.
With every day that passes sailing season comes closer, and I am anxious and excited to get the boat back on the water. But until then sanding continues.