Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Copper Coat Sanding Blog #135

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Months and months ago I decided on using coppercoat to treat the bottom of Little Bear. The keel is relatively deep at 5′ and long. Cleaning that much underwater real-estate doesn’t really turn my crank so the best solution I could come up with was coppercoat.

While coppercoat is expensive up front the long term savings make this choice a sound financial decision.

In this episode I have to sand the coppercoat in order to expose the copper. This is a necessary ┬ástep because it’s not the copper that stops marine growth but the oxide that is created when copper reacts with salt water. If the copper isn’t exposed, it won’t react, and it won’t oxide, meaning that it won’t have any repellant properties.

While I consider myself to be a fairly creative chap, I was really at a loss on how to make a sanding-the-bottom video interesting. I also found this project to be physically painful and demanding. The reason being that I had to assume an awkward position with the sander for an extended amount of time. Well, enough whinging, let’s get on with it…

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Coppercoat! Blog #102

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

I made the decision to use coppercoat ever since I had Little Bear hauled out and her bottom pressure washed. The old anti-fouling was very bad and required a complete strip-down. I figured that while I was doing the job I might as well do a really good job that is going to last a while. I purchased the product months ago. The other projects like the through hulls, interlux interprotect and so on has taken some time and delayed the application of the coppercoat. But now the time has come to get the boat’s bottom covered.

This stuff doesn’t cover very thickly so it requires four coats. The stuff has to kick off so that it’s “tacky on tacky” coating. It took about 3/4 of an hour for each coat so by the time I got one coat finished the next was ready to start. It made for a very long day. No breaks, no lunch. Just painting, and painting, and painting. But boy do I ever like the result. I get complements and comments from passers-by as well as the guys in the club.

It’ll be interesting to see how it stands up to the water here in the Pacific North West. I’ll let you know.

In a couple of years.

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.