November 15, 2019
With the major painting behind me, I was happy to remove all the masking tape, paper, and plastic from the boat, and start getting the shop back to normal.
It would have been nice to address the bottom while the boat was clear of staging and other impediments, but it was too soon to tape the new boottop, and I needed to continue the work rolling along on deck, so the bottom could wait for now. Eventually (soon), I planned to patch in the barrier coat below the boottop and over the various hull patches, then apply a first coat of bottom paint as a base and to complete the new appearance of the boat.
For now, though, I set up staging at deck height once more, to allow access for nonskid painting and some of the other upcoming work on deck.
I set to work masking off the new glossy deck paint so I could paint the nonskid field areas.
After final preparations, I applied the first coat of off-white nonskid paint, a color subtly darker than the gloss white areas but light enough to avoid the heat of the Florida sun, where the boat was eventually headed once complete.
Total time billed on this job today: 8 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 28°, mainly cloudy. Forecast for the day: Decreasing clouds, 44°