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Flirt: the prep for paint!

Yes, you read that correctly. I spent the past couple of days finishing up all the rough sanding/grinding so that I can begin fairing and primering what remains of Flirt.

All that nasty epoxy that had dripped all over the cockpit: gone. All the cracked and crazed gel coat on her decks: gone. The light gray paint on the cabin: Gone. She is as bare as a boat can be without being taken down to the molecules that make her up.

Between the three addresses I have kept Flirt over the years, I am certain that most of South Jersey has some of her ‘glass dust. There is still a bit of sanding to do as I used up the last of my epoxy to fill in a few missed holes and gouges.

And just to give you an idea about how nasty the cockpit looked, here is a pic from last week when I redid the lazarette deck. You can just make out the nasty gunk on the Port side seat.

tomorrow I buy some epoxy primer to do the cabin.

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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.

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