With the project complete, the owner arranged for a trusted boat hauling company to pick up Steadfast and bring her back home for the upcoming season. Bon voyage!
Near the end of the main part of the project, at the owner’s request I removed the in-hull deadlights and sent them to him so he could have them refinished. Now, with some last-minute changes in his plans for transporting and launching the boat, he sent me the refinished parts so I could install them before the boat left the shop in the near future.
The existing openings still had some remnants of the old silicone sealant, so my first task was to scrape this away and prepare the openings for the new installation. Thusly prepared, I applied new sealant to the backs of the deadlight rings, and installed them in their openings, working with two units on one at a time. I used masking tape as needed to hold the frames and fasteners in place while I went inside the boat to install the trim rings and nuts. I used new stainless steel fasteners for the installation.
Once I had the bolts properly tightened, I cleaned up the excess sealant inside and out.
With this work complete, I prepared the boat for departure in a couple days, closed her up, and moved the masts out from their storage area to the front of the shop to await the trucking company later in the week.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 40°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 80s
A few small jobs remained for me to take care of, starting with the reinstallation of the pilothouse door and its trim. This was a straightforward process; I used new fasteners to secure the wooden trim back in place. I also put back the newly-painted lazarette hatch.
The owner requested that I repaint the insides of the running light boards on the pilothouse; the existing paint was weathered and worn. I removed the running lights from their brackets and the covers from the sockets, leaving the wiring in place, and prepared the black-painted boards with sandpaper and masking tape as needed so I could apply fresh black paint.
Late in the day, the first coat of paint had cured to the point that I could apply a second coat over the top.
The owner requested that I replicate and install some logo stickers that had once been in place on the pilothouse, the ghost of which was still visible on one side. I happened to have a plastic placard with the logo and text from a previous Fisher 30 project, so I dropped this off earlier with my local vinyl shop for reproduction in new vinyl, which I installed now.
I also took a moment to paint the patches where the jackstands had been originally; when I moved the boat, I’d staggered the stands to expose the unpainted patches for access.
Total time billed on this job today: 1.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 20°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 40s
My work on the brightwork was complete, and I spent the first part of the day removing all the masking tape. I reinstalled the cockpit seats, and also some metal half-oval that I’d removed from one of the caprails.
The pilothouse door (exterior side) required another coat of the green paint, so after a light sanding and final preparations, I applied more. For the lazarette hatch, to match the original finish, I mixed some rubberized nonskid particles into the paint and applied a nonskid coat to the top surface.
Earlier, I’d ordered and picked up new vinyl for the name and hailport according to the owner’s wishes (the font is Brittanic Bold), and now I applied these to the stern, using reference measurements I’d noted when I removed the original name at the beginning of the project.
Other than a few final details, this completed the work I’d been hired to do. The owner had made arrangements with me to store the boat indoors during the winter, but I couldn’t keep her in my main work bay, so I spent the afternoon shuffling boats (I had first to move out a boat in the other bay to make room) so I could move Steadfast into the other bay for comfy storage. This gave a good opportunity to have a look at the refinished topsides from a distance, though the winter light was low and hidden in a cloud bank, so failed to give a true sense of the vibrancy of the jade green hull.
Total time billed on this job today: 4.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: Clouds and a shower, 40°. Forecast for the day: Clearing, high near 50
I applied the third and last coat of finish to the brightwork during the morning.
Afterwards, I turned once again to the pilothouse door and lazarette hatch. The hatch required a second coat of paint on all areas, and I turned the door over so I could paint the second (outside) side.
Total time billed on this job today: 3 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 20°, clear. Forecast for the day: sunny, increasing clouds in the afternoon, upper 30s
During the morning, I applied the second coat of Cetol to the exterior woodwork. Later, I spent some additional time running errands related to the project.
Total time billed on this job today: 4 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 40°, clear. Forecast for the day: Partly sunny, 50°
I got right to work on the first coat of finish for the exterior woodwork. The owner chose Cetol Lite for the finish, the same product that had been used previously. On the various bits and pieces on the pilothouse and coachroof, I applied a maintenance coat over the existing finish, as I’d not stripped these areas.
For the caprails, I applied the first of three coats of the new finish, working my way around the boat up one side and down the other.
I continued with the bulwarks and rubrails on both sides, along with some loose parts including the cockpit seats and some trim from the pilothouse door.
The pilothouse door and a small lazarette hatch cover had been painted green in the past, matching the hull color. The finish was weathered and worn, but generally sound on both parts, so preparation was a straightforward matter of light sanding and cleanup. Afterwards, I painted the lazarette and the inside/back side of the pilothouse door with one-part green paint that matched the new hull color.
Total time billed on this job today: 5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 12°, clear. Forecast for the day: sunny, 30s
The owner requested that I remove and send to him the four round deadlights from the forward hull so he could have them rechromed, all the better to complement the freshly repainted hull. So now that I had all the masking removed and once more had access inside the boat, I removed the frames and their backing rings. The deadlights were secured through the hull with machine screws and nuts inside. In some cases, I could remove the nuts without the fasteners spinning, but in other locations I had to secure the nuts inside with locking pliers and remove the screws from outside.
Once I’d removed all the fasteners, I carefully pried loose the external frames and glass to avoid any damage to the hull paint. I packaged the frames up and shipped them to the owner, as he had a local shop ready to do the refinishing.
Next, I moved on to masking for the brightwork, starting at the top of the boat with the pilothouse roof, and working my way around the deck areas, masking around handrail supports, existing hardware, and against the decks as needed to prepare the woodwork for maintenance coats of finish (on the pilothouse and coachroof), and all-new finish on the caprails. I removed the wooden cockpit seating areas so I could refinish them down on the bench.
With the decks masked, I continued on the hull, masking off the lower edge of the caprails bow and stern and around the bulwarks and rubrails to prepare for their new finish. Afterwards, I wiped down all the woodwork with paint thinner to clean it one last time, so the wood would be ready for new finish next time.
Total time billed on this job today: 5.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 29°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 40°
Over the long weekend, I unmasked the rest of the boat, including the bulwarks and deck areas.
Later, I masked off and painted the bottom with red antifouling paint to complete the hull paint work.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 20°, clear. Forecast for the day: sunny, 40
With only a short time available before departing for Thanksgiving festivities, I still wanted to remove the masking to expose the fresh boottop, and during an early morning session I did just that, along with the plastic covering the topsides. I’d take care of the remaining plastic and masking in the near future, after which I’d be ready to continue work on the brightwork.
Total time billed on this job today: 1 hour
0600 Weather Observation: 27°, clear. Forecast for the day: sunny with a chance of turkey, 37°