|1975 Dufour 27
Refit | Monday, October 6, 2008
I began work on the decks this morning. My first step was to work on removing the existing--and original--molded nonskid pattern, which I accomplished by sanding it smooth with 40 and then 80 grit discs. On this boat, the nonskid areas were plateau-like raised areas set well above the level of the adjacent smooth areas. As a result, I didn't attempt to sand the raised sections flush with their surroundings; instead, I concentrated on smoothing the nonskid pattern, while retaining the raised areas. Sanding off the entire areas would have been unnecessarily time-consuming and difficult, and the new nonskid paint would occupy the same raised patterned areas as before--but without the molded texture.
Over the course of the morning, I sanded the foredeck and sidedecks, as well as the small area serving as a coachroof. I also sanded the nonskid areas on the cockpit coamings and other areas outside of the cockpit, leaving only the cockpit sole and seats untouched for the moment.
Unfortunately, I had to leave the shop in the afternoon for an appointment, cutting short my day's work, but it was a good start.