In 2005 I hauled Cadence out of the water for the first time. I was ready for anything, and found a little bit of almost everything. With a veritable platoon of people helping out intermittently, Cadence was back in the water after 6 long boatyard weeks. Boatyard weeks, for the uninitiated, are long, long weeks. And expensive ones, as well. The main projects for this haul out were:
- Eradicating every single fiberglass blister found (sometimes fiberglass gets little bubbles in it due to a reaction between seawater and uncured fiberglass resin. Fortunately they were shallow, all in the first layer of glass and were more cosmetic and annoying than concerning.)
- Refilling and fairing each blister cavity
- Sanding the bottom to remove accumulated bottom paint
- Drying the hull and applying an epoxy waterproof barrier coat
- Repairing some fiberglass damage to the rudder from a light grounding years ago. (It was just a chip and a hairline crack, but water intrusion in that area had gradually deteriorated the fiberglass, and I ground all the bad glass out to rebuild the section.
- Epoxy fairing around the lead keel
- Removing the mast
- Installation of mast VHF antenna, lights, etc.
- Through-hull inspection, maintenance, and installation
- More motor tinkering to get the alignment right
- Clean white coats of Ameron 235 paint on the topsides
- Raising of the waterline
- Bottom painting
That’s the short of it. Hopefully that lends some perspective to the pictures below. Hover the mouse over a picture for more information. And a very special thanks to Boz, Gary (My Dad), Steve, Doug and Disun for all of their generous help during the haulout.