Wow what a week it has been. If I thought last week was repetitive, then this week has been even more so. However the difference is that this week I can actually see what all that fairing, sanding and priming was for. Finally I am seeing results and Kata Brava is taking shape.
Morgan has spent hours and hours this week fairing, sanding and priming the entire exterior of Kata Brava. From the hull’s to the gunnels, to the waterline and the transom. He has done it all repeatedly. Its like an obsession, but I am now also starting to get in on it.
Whilst he did this i finished of the bilges and aft Starboard cabin. Giving the areas a coat of primer following a day later with a grey top coat. All these area’s are now looking clean and shiny. Completed for the painting.
We finally also got the proper paint for our aluminium plates and brackets belonging to the refrigeration unit. So I gave all these parts a quick clean again and started the process of first wash priming, priming and then top coating. The actual unit parts was spray painted a metallic blue. Now we just need to fix this puzzle back together again and hope it all works.
When ever there was a spare moment we tackled the Pilot house and Pedestal, sanding them both down. The paint on these were applied thick and probably the original so it was pretty tough getting of. We spent full days plus some sanding these areas down to a smooth finish. Once we were happy with it we applied wash primer to the areas of bare stainless and then a coat of primer. The Pilot House and Pedestal on Kata Brava is made out of stainless steel.
Mid week we had a severe weather warning and tornado watch so we spent a little time getting Kata Brava secured with all her wooden hatch’s batten down and covered ready for the extensive rain forecasted. Luckily all went well. This wet night was followed with two days of quite strong winds, making it a little more challenging to sand and paint. However we pushed on.
When we purchased Kata Brava her fuel tanks were over half full with fuel. This fuel is now at least over 10 years old. So on Friday we got a company come to Kata Brava to remove this. The last thing we needed for our new engine was old fuel, so as much as it made us cringe to know we were getting rid of this fuel, it had to be done. Nearly 200 gallons or 800 litres were pumped out of the tank.
In readiness for getting the deck hardware re-installed, Morgan gave the tracks a little cleaning with the wire wheel. We had tried to find new tracks, but this is proving very difficult right now. So we will make do with the ones we have until new ones are found. With the tracks cleaned I applied a coat of wash primer to them.
We’re getting closer on the exterior. Lots and lots of painting happening right now. Morgan started the priming of the deck this weekend also.
Over the weekend after more sanding and lots of prep Morgan applied two coats of primer to Kata Brava’s hull and transom. Wow what a new look. It was hard for him to see the imperfections with the blue and white so now with everything grey it will make the final touches easier.
She’s taking on a new look for sure. What do you think??