Installed a new set of LED lights that included the side marker lights and an additional over 80″ wide light. Relying on a good ground through the trailer frame turned out to be impossible so I had to add some extra wire.
I also installed a new jack and coupler so I didn’t have to “clean-up” the old ones. The first tarp I purchased (10 x 20) turned out to be too small. This one is a 12 x 24 and is a much better fit. It seems to be not as heavy but it is white on the inside which makes it much brighter when working in the cabin.
I was hoping that there was still some shine left in her after 37 years and wow was I surprised. The right half shows the before and the left is after using my new Harbor Freight polisher and Meguiar’s #49 Oxidation Remover. There are a few deep gouges in the gelcoat here and there that I hope to fill in later. The red boot stripe looks like it was painted on over the top of the original baby blue stripe. Not sure what I’ll be doing with that.
I made the decision early on to redo the “factory” v-berth design. The original v-berth consisted of two, six foot long, 3/8″ thick sheets of marine plywood that was covered with a very 1970’s plaid sofa upholstery and three inches of foam.
These were too big. Both from having to wrestle on and off the boat and to access the storage areas below the cushions.
Spent the week wire brushing, sanding and painting between the rain showers. Instead of reusing the old trailer jack and coupler, I ordered new galvanized pieces on Amazon. I also cleaned up and repainted the rims and ladder. This is only the first coat of gloss white brushed Rustoleum. It looks like it will need at least one or two more. Sixty degree days are getting slim around here, but I hope I can get it done before tucking it away in the barn for winter.
I’ve decided to strip the stripes using a heat gun and acetone. I also purchased an angle grinder from Harbor Freight and using a cup wire brush, I removed all the heavy rust. I plan on using Rustoleum Rust Reformer to prime all the rusty spots then brush on Rustoleum Gloss White enamel. I’m working outside in the wind, so spray painting it would be nearly impossible. I decided on white hoping it will be the most visible while underwater.
I haven’t decided on new stripes yet. I may just go with a 1 inch red reflective stripe down each side. U.S. Boat sells a 125 foot roll for about $60.