Bottom Topcoat

What a nerve wracking, toxic job this was.  It's a good thing I don't do this for a living........  I am very glad that the underside topcoat is behind me.

I think it turned out just fine.  I did have one or two slight "sags" but that's why they make 3M Finesse-it™  http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=11151&productId=21762&langId=-1#.UGKdgdCXSaE


Getting the waterline just right.......

Here I am using a length of tube filled with colored water to mark the waterline mark on the hulls. I first marked reference lines on the hulls which gave me a place to start.  The waterline on the bow of the boat is 57 1/2 inches below the deck surface and the waterline mark on the stern is 41 inches below the part of the deck where the steps begin.

With those marks, I used a tube filled with water to make sure that the boat was sitting horizontal to the earths surface by holding both ends together on the mark and taping it in place, then moving it all along the length of the hulls marking every 1 ft.

This turned out to be more accurate than the "cheap" Ryobi laser level that I had been using.

It became necessary for me to establish the waterline marks on the hull because the Awlgrip topcoat paint isn't intended for "below the water line".

Tomorrow:  paint inner port and starboard hulls