February 21, 2022
Lyra Phase 2-41
As I got started removing the tape from below the boottop, with the rest of the boat still fully wrapped and covered, I couldn’t pass up the contemporaneous opportunity to quickly and lightly scuff over the bottom with an abrasive pad to remove the light, dry remnants of a season’s marine growth, taking all of 10 minutes. Even this basic hand process kicked up ample bottom paint dust (ugh), so having everything above the waterline covered meant that none ended up on the fresh work.
Now I could continue removing all the tape, plastic, and paper from the rest of the boat. I set the staging back to deck height, and otherwise reclaimed the shop in the name of all that is normal. It’s always nice to see the boat fully revealed after a long painting session. The red bottom looked horrible with the new topsides, but I’d have to live with it for right now. Woe is me.
Following the lines of the gloss paint borders around the deck, I remasked the deck to prepare for nonskid application.
After final preparations, I applied the first of two coats of light gray nonskid, the same mixture I’d used during phase 1 in the refinished cockpit.
Total time billed on this job today: 6.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 28°, mainly cloudy. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 47°