Day 5 of Summer Trip 2014 – Antifouling Excalibur

Another thrilling post.

Today I antifouled the boat, which basically consist of applying a very toxic paint to the underside of the boat to stop marine growth attaching its little claws onto Excalibur, it’s like anti-vandal paint for marine critters!

There’s one thing that is a given, where there’s boats there are normally people nearby ready to shoot the breeze with you and turn a quick job into a day job. A conversation between a fellow boat owner normally consist of finding out the type of boat you own, how old she is, and how long you’ve owned the boat. After these facts have been established the person you’re speaking to will give you a 30 year run down on all the boats they’ve owned, and the list of jobs they has to do on his current boat and how expensive boats are. This is normal and can be quite good chat.

I usually welcome a break when working on boat jobs, but antifouling is a messy business and its best to get things over as quickly as possible. One things guaranteed, you’re going get hot, your back going to start to ache after 5 minutes, and you’re going to end up looking like Pappa Smurf covered in blue nasty paint by the end of it! My tactic today was to put on a large pair of headphones, turn the music up and get on with the job. Tyres from Spaced, that was me today! I managed to get the job done listening to some funk and soul mixes with a bit of disco thrown in for good measure. 3 hours from start to finish. Job done!

 

Trip Stats
Miles: 0
Total Miles: 50
Expenses
Dinner £10.10
Summer trip total expenditure £178.94
Author: Tim Butler

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4 Comments

  • Reply Ian June 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I’ve never heard the term “anti-fouling” before, but it makes me think of foul in the bird sense of the word, i.e. your boat is now “anti-bird”. I envisage seagulls being instantly electrocuted upon landing on deck, or being sprayed with blue the moment they come close to the bow.

    Sorry, vivid imagination as always… Glad it all seems to be going well. Fantastic blog you have here. Do you have any good posts on your reasons for wanting to try sailing out in the first place? I’m intrigued.

    Cheers 🙂

  • Reply Ian June 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    That owl is terrifying! I would be scared if I was a seagull.

    Yep, really enjoying the blog. Great photos and insight.

    The posts on your reasons why are interesting. I like that you just got the idea and went for it – showing that determination and self-belief is not always easy.

    Hope you’re having a great time. The DA is still working its magic 😀

  • Reply todayiboughtaboat August 4, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Cheers man. Crikey its been a while since I’ve updated the blog!

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