Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Preparing for Sailing Season 2011
Rescuing the Red
Bringing the hull's finish back to life

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For this beautiful Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend instead of being out sailing I'm still getting Chip Ahoy ready to launch, I hope next week. A buddy loaned me his polisher for the weekend to make my best effort putting a shine back on its beat up hull.

Chip Ahoy came out of the water last fall with its hull in the worst condition it's ever been in. The hull took a cumulative beating from being blown into the Onset Bay Marina dock bow-first following my Buzzard's Bay near-death experience to apparently some serious fender-rubbing against transient docks over the season. I had little hope of restoring it to its former shine short of a new paint job. That's when Bob stepped in with encouragement and the loan of his polisher. Frankly, I expected to burn through paint before seeing a shine but I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

Even initially, starting at the port bow, the scratches and deep rub marks from the Onset Bay Marina slip (before the bow stuck the dock) incident began to fade, even disappear like magic. The fender wear too soon blended into the finish.

The photo on the bottom-right shows one of the fender rub marks after polishing to just beyond it as I moved toward the stern.  (May 29, 2011)

 

Self-portrait: Taking a photo of the photographer.

 

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The photo on the far-left shows the contrast between the polished port side and the untouched starboard. The starboard side of the hull was in even worse condition than the port side. Despite the surprisingly positive results on the opposite side, I still had doubt that I could bring back the shine here.

Before starting on it I had to put on a shirt and hat: Under the glaring sun for a couple hours I'd been slow-cooking, getting my first sunburn of the season!

By late afternoon both sides were done and shining almost miraculously.

Tomorrow I'll polish the transom by hand (too much paraphernalia in the way to use the machine), then put  coat of wax on the hull. One more step closer to launch!

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Early yesterday I began hand-waxing the polished hull, polished by hand and waxed the transom too. The results far exceeded what I initially thought was possible. Chip Ahoy really shines again.  I still had time to clean and wax the picnic furniture before the family arrived for our Memorial Day cookout after uncovering it last week, it needed attention as much as Chip Ahoy had!  (May 31, 2011)

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Moving on with Season 2011 improvements
It's never-ending ... bring on Sailing Season 2011!

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