Painting the boat!

(Year Three, summer)

Albin Vega painting the boat

My work area, a.k.a. The Beer Bench. I happened to have the largest cooler, so one of us boatyard DIYers would buy the ice and the others the beer, and the other guys would stop by throughout the day to take a break from the sun.

Albin Vega painting the boat

Captain Bob, all "smurfed up", a widely-known boatyard affliction commonly appearing after sanding bottom paint (a cause–and–effect relationship is strongly suspected.) Yes, he was wearing paper overalls and using a vacuum; this is still what happens.

Albin Vega painting the boat

My crew. The couple a few boats over signed her off their boat and on to mine. Her name is Wilsona; her brother was in that Tom Hanks movie Castaway. She’s good company, but she doesn’t do a damn bit of work!

Albin Vega painting the boat

One of the two half-sheet of plywood "SLOW - PAINT" signs that many yard visitors just ignored. The second time I painted, I pulled an empty trailer half-way into the driveway between the rows of boats and placed several 55–gallon garbage drums and cement blocks to force cars to go through a slow serpentine on the dusty gravel. They got the message.

Albin Vega painting the boat

Starboard side, the hull sanded smooth and ready for paint.

Albin Vega painting the boat

Starboard side forward

Albin Vega painting the boat

What a difference a coat of primer makes on the deck!

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