A New Bottom

Eliza appreciates the advantage of a freshly finished boat bottom. She’s a sailor. Last summer she skippered her father’s boat to a second-place finish in the Monhegan Race, and when in college her varsity sailing team was nationally ranked. Now, as part of the GIBY team, she’s making sure other sailors are able to optimize their sailing experiences, too.

At the moment, Eliza is assisting with one of several significant winter projects taking place aboard a Camper & Nicholsons 60 now stored and serviced at GIBY. First on the list, a new bottom! To get things started, the bottom was initially soda blasted to rid the boat of excessive paint build up. Blisters were then ground out and glassed over to make way for sealing, priming, filling, and fairing.

“The existing fiberglass hull was porous and had significant pitting and chipping,” says Trevor, GIBY’s Operations Manager. “After we’re done filling and fairing the bottom, we will apply three more coats to finish the epoxy barrier coating system.”

 

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