Last Updated: June 27, 2004
I had a small leak problem with my boat (Which is kept in the water during the summer). Well - I repaired the bottom of Anduin and she's been
leak-free for three weeks on the water.
- Built a `hoist' in my garage using new headers in the attic, 4 -
1200 lb. eyebolts, 4 - 'come-alongs', and 2 - 10,000 lb. 3" wide tow
strips. Total cost was about $100. It would have cost me about $60/day for the
lift at the marina and the repair took me about two weeks so this was a big
savings for me! This was a project in itself!
Anduin on the 'hoist'.
- Sanded off old VC17 bottom paint (wearing a full-face, two-
cartridge respirator and using a HEPA filter on my shop vacuum of
course). Very little dust and I never could smell or taste the old
Starboard side after initial sanding.
Port side with some sanding to go.
- Ground out old blisters. There were about 10 of them and some
were very large, one about 5" diameter. I think these were the cause of my
Three blisters ground out.
The largest one is about 5 " in diameter.
Closeup of a ground out blister.
- Filled blisters with a blister repair kit from
www.epoxyproducts.com ($85) This kit has two epoxies - one is a thin
penetrating epoxy and the other is a thick building epoxy (peanut-
- Coated bottom with one coat of ESP155 and two coats of CM15 from
www.epoxyproducts.com (the owner Paul was very helpful with
suggestions and answers to my questions). I think I spent about $100
for these as well – I can find the exact amount of each if anyone
would like to know.
Bow after epoxy barrier coat .
Stern after epoxy barrier coat.
- Coated bottom with two coats of VC17 bottom paint.
Bottom coat of VC17.