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A Pain in the neck

Last week when I finished grinding out all the old paint and texture from the Starboard Side quarterberth I was sore, mostly from the contortions I had to get into to get my almost 6 foot frame into that coffin sized berth.

Today I got half of the Port Side done. Being right handed, working on the other side was easier, I could lay on my left and grind away with my right. It is all reversed now. In order to get any kind of decent grip and control on my sander, I have to keep my right arm free also, which means I am not resting my head against the side of the boat. Right now my neck is sore and I am only halfway done getting paint and texture off that quarterberth.

She is getting there, slowly, but surely. We are finally getting decent warm weather and a lack of rain (knock on wood) so I am able to get more done. Once I get both berths smooth, I can start reinforcing the cockpit in anticipation of removing it’s sole.

Amazing what the flash I can capture.

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This is what I had to start with.. some sort of white house paint over the original builder’s texture coat. Stuff is like grinding gelcoat, it does not want to budge and eats through 80 grid sanding discs in no time flat.

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And the same spot 2 hours later:

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Just remember boys and girls. In Flirt’s “lifetime” we outlawed lead in paint. At one time there was no better way to get white paint than to use lead. If you are going to sand and grind away at anything that might be old enough to contain lead, use the proper respirator to filter it out. Paper masks do not cut it.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.


  1. I got a full face respirator and SO happy to have that. I’m doing some fiberglass work and using vinylester resin. the smell was strong from a sealed bucket, but with the mask, I can open the resin containers and not smell a thing.

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