Beginning the rehabilitation process

(Year One, summer)
Begin with the bottom . . . and then continue on through until you reach the end and then simply stop. (paraphrased from Alice in Wonderland.)

Albin Vega bottom work

The bottom, port bow, before I began work on it.  Actually, originally it was worse than this - these photos were taken after I powerwashed the deck and hull, and a good deal of nasty old "hard" bottom paint came off that way.

Albin Vega bottom work

The bottom, port side, before I began work on it.

Albin Vega bottom work

The bottom, stbd quarter, before I began work on it.

Albin Vega bottom work

Port quarter, first pass. I took this photo just to show the difference.

Albin Vega bottom work

Starboard quarter, after removing several layers of "hard" paint.

Albin Vega bottom work

Starboard quarter, after going over it one more time with finer sandpaper. I never want to grind an entire hull down to the gelcoat again, ever.

Albin Vega bottom work

Port bow, with red tape marking scratches and gouges in the gelcoat (the layer outside of the fiberglass.) When I applied the tape markers I counted each one, but when I got up to 87 I just gave it up.

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