Showing posts from May, 2019

T-0 days until launch

In and ready to start another great season here on Lake Michigan!

2 days until launch puzzling it together.

This boat is a 1976 Mirage over the years it has had three previous owners making me the 4th. Today I'm starting the work of rigging her.  Each owner surely brought their own ideas and flare to modifying and improving the rigging and today I am puzzling together what goes where and how. I started by tuning in the mast.  I'm not sure exactly what the tensions numbers are supposed to be on a Mirage 24.  After scouring the internet the best I could come up with were tension numbers for a C&C 25. So I started slightly below those numbers for tuning and straightening the mast. After a little turnbuckle tweaking, I was satisfied with the mast column and the ease of it all.  The adjustable backstay in another super nice addition to this boat, I've missed from my previous boats.  Next, I moved to the foredeck.  The last owner had used the boat in a few races with his grandson although I think they were racing J.A.M.  He made some modifications over the winter to t

Mast Up. #3daystolaunch

Mother Nature has really been playing some tricks this week.  We have had a ton of rain and very patchy sun.  Thursday after work and between the Thunder Storms we stepped the mast for the 1st time on this boat.  About halfway up I noticed one of the running rigging blocks mounted to the mast step had flipped itself over and was under the mast after a few seconds I was able to free it and we were able to finish getting the mast up the rest of the way.  Myles our videographer on this and BB with the editing.   Regardless we got the mast us and secured just in time for it to start raining.  As we left the marina drops started landing on our windshield once more. I will have to spend some time tuning in the rig and getting all the running rigging on later this weekend.  

Bottom paint Tuesday

The clock is ticking with just 6 days left until our scheduled launch it is time to break out the respirator and bottom paint materials.  Today we had ideal weather for painting. The temperature was in the low 60's. So it was warm enough to paint comfortably but not so hat the paint evaporates of your brush.   Gloves, paint sticks, respirator, and grimy clothes.  I start the bottom by cutting in the water line with a paint brush.  I use the disposable foam brushes because nothing I dip in VC-17 is coming home.  Then I roll on the first coat of paint.   Two coats later and two hours I have a nice sleek copper bottom. 

Mothers Day Weekend

The most stressful part is over.  After planning packing and preparing the boat to be moved it is over.  The boat arrived today around noon and I got right to work on it.  No time to waste as the launch date is 9 days out.  The boat is heavily oxidized so I started with washing it and then hit it with 3M Super Duty Compound.      After the first half of the hull, was done I stopped to take a break and it took me a good 5 minutes to find those safety glasses.  Yeah, the ones on top of my head.    Zoomed in here you can see the difference.  Left size compounding complete, right side still looks like a powdered doughnut. Sunday we picked up where we left off and I ran over the entire hull again with 3M Fitness Polish. This is a fine polishing compound that really brings out the shine.    #Bestwife ever came down on mothers day and helped out by painting the cove line. Then we put on a coat of wax to seal in all that polish and painting.