returning from my last trip to the Bahamas I haven't done much sailing;
though, that doesn't mean I don't get on the water often. My other
great passion in life is kakaying, and I try to go out regularly on the
lake in my tippy Olympic class K-1. I also do some racing, and last
year I even competed at the USCA Nationals and at the Masters
World Marathon Championships which were held for the first time in the
U.S.A. However, lately I've been dreaming about sailing away again
to distance shores and to new cruising grounds in our
micro-cruisers . Therefore, I figured it was about time to get ENIGMA
back in shape for a possible future trip.
patched the large hole in the starboard side as soon as I got back from
my last trip, I still never got around to repainting the hull. For me
this task always seems to take excessively long because I'm too much of
a perfectionist at heart. I find myself trying to prep and paint
my boats to a car like finish; but in the end, it's kind of
ridiculous since it's not too long before I bump into something hard
that damages all my work. Nonetheless, the boat looks good at
the beginning- long enough to take some nice scrap book snap shots.
I started by patching the deeper gouges on the bottom with epoxy filler
and then filled in any remaining pinholes on the topsides with 3M 5095
white glazing putty. I mixed up my own concoction of bottom paint
which basically consisted of some oil based paint mixed with copper
powder that I got from Epoxyproducts.
This was sprayed on in the morning while it was still cool. Now with
several coats of grey paint applied, I'll go ahead and roll on
some Oyster colored enamel on the sides.