The hull above the waterline was sanded and smoothed with filler before painting it with 2 layers of white Sigma paint. Below the waterline, I primed with Hempel Yacht Primer where it was necessary and then gave it all 2 layers of red Hempel Basic antifouling.
Due to the extreme drought this spring, it was necessary to caulk 5 boards on the front 1.5 meters, the joint in the heel, the aft 1 meter on either side of the keel and the bottom of the transom. In addition, I have filled cracks in the keel with Proof 10.
Renovation of the handrails
The handrails on the cabin roof and the wheelhouse roof needed to be renovated, the varnish was in very poor condition and the construction had some serious flaws - the round sticks were attached to the supports with wood screws only, that over time had become loose. It was just about to go really wrong for my buddy Gert and my little daughter Nina on the very first boat trip. They were on their way along the side when the round stick went loose and only Gerts fast reaction saved them from going overboard. Phew!
I have now changed the design so that the round sticks are fastened with stainless steel screws through both stick and base. I sealed the screws with wooden plugs, so they are invisible. New round sticks have been made for the front handrails as well as 6 new mahogany supports. The handrails have been saturated with Owatrol D1 and finished with 6 layers of Owatrol D2.