messing about in boats

Scrub, scrape, paint

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance by Joseph Moore on May 1, 2011

Spent a day working my backside off on Nervous Tension yesterday. The plan had been to spend the weekend down there, but my feeble office-job arms can’t take the pressure and I made more progress than anticipated so I headed home for a well earned bath.


  • Crud scraped off the keel and two coats of zinc primer applied
  • The last of the barnacles scraped off the hull and scrubbed the waterline
  • Removed any flaking paint from the topsides and dug out any soft wood behind
  • Roughly filled and faired topsides, then a good coat of undercoat (as a guide coat more than anything)
  • Removed loose paint from the deck and applied half a coat of aluminium primer (at which time I ran out of both paint and daylight)

I could have sworn I had a Quarter Tonner, but after that I’m wondering if she might actually be a Super Maxi!Nervous Tension - mayday weekend 2011Nervous Tension - mayday weekend 2011

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  1. Giles Palindrome said, on August 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Good Day.

    Any further updates? I’ve been following your trials and tribulations religiously, after following a link here from another blog I frequent.


  2. Ben Steffen said, on August 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Hey There,

    Hang in there after all those setbacks when you finished sanding en start painting it all soon will look nice and shiny and it is a complete other boat.

    We also follow you,

    Grtz from Holland, Ben Steffen

  3. Robin Shankshaw said, on August 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Just to confirm, your craft is a Quarter Tonner, NOT a Super Maxi.

    They are very different boats.

  4. Jim said, on September 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I used to sail a quarter tonner back in the 80s, was a lovely little boat.

    Looking forward to seeing this one returned to her former glory.

    Any recent pictures to share?


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