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Date Posted: - Thursday - 11/ 2/06 - 3:38pm
Author: Will M31 "Salvia"
Subject: Sorry for the delay
In reply to: John & Jan, Santa Teresa M40 's message, "Congratulations!" on - Wednesday - 10/18/06 - 3:18pm

The paint work is top-notch. They had to remove all antifouling due to our lack of knowledge as to what type of paint was on there. This added to the expense. Overall, it cost ~$7000 including stripping the bottom down to glass, two coats primer and three coats antifouling, stripping priming and painting from the caprail to the waterline with awlgrip and the associated hauling and storage. They fixed all blemishes and blisters as well. Salvia is absolutely beautiful now. They were a few days late with the boat which pushed our pick up date back two weeks, but they cut us a deal to keep it in their marina. All in all it was a total hassle to do the work at Baja Naval. Driving down from Newport Beach to Ensenada and back across the border every weekend sucked. The savings were substantial over having the job done locally, but if I had to do it over again I might just pony up the dough and save myself the logistical headaches.

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[> [> [> [> Baja Naval -- John & Jan, Santa Teresa M40, - Monday - 11/ 6/06 - 3:49pm

Sorry it was such a struggle but we really appreciate the feedback. We called and talked to them last week and they estimated our wooden Mariner would be over 8,000. Sigh...

Cheers,
John & Jan


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[> [> [> [> [> Really... -- Will Holoman M31 Salvia, - Tuesday - 11/ 7/06 - 2:22pm

Wow - I'm curious, how much do they want to do the same work in San Diego?


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[> [> [> [> [> [> Not interested -- John & Jan, - Tuesday - 11/ 7/06 - 5:25pm

We recently had ST hauled out at Koehler Kraft for a bottom job. I talked to the yard foreman about doing the topsides and they really weren't interested. They tend to be rather... um... "snootie" there. I appreciated the rail lift rather than slings and the Ultrakote with a 3 year guarantee is nice but I don't believe I would go back. We felt like they rushed us in and out without listening to our questions or showing any interest in additional work.

We've heard good things about Driscol's in Mission Bay where they will haul you and allow owners to do their own work (provided you buy the materials from them). We'll let you know what we decide. Meanwhile Jan and I come home after work and sand....

We are learning so much which is part of the fun. Teresa is actually in good shape but she can always be better! (Wink)

The varnish on the caprails was really looking ragged so we've stripped them (three times so far... GRIN). We've tried chemical strippers (YUCK! What a mess!). Sanding (I cry when I see the sawdust floating away...) and heat guns (don't ask about the plastic scrapper episode).

The next step was "sealing." Round one was tung oil. That looked great but was blochy in places. (See round two "Sanding")In round two we tried sealing with West Systems. It looked great for a week but you have to get the varnish on quickly or the sun will bake the epoxy (see round three "Heat Gun") For round three, we managed to get two layers of epoxy on but the humidity was too high for the second layer and it "clouded." (see round three more sanding...)

Currently we are sanding again and drinking heavily...

We'll keep you posted.

Cheers,
John & Jan


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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Koehler craft -- CaptnG (hmmm), - Monday - 04/ 2/07 - 9:39am

I agree with John about Koehler in San Diego. i asked them to be quick but over all their yard is a mess which kind of says someting about their work.. The guys doing the job where nice but over-all I wasn;t happy. They left newspaper imbedded in my bottom paint ( seperating the paint form the supports )which i can't get out except by re-doing the bottom. They didn't sand before painting as promised and I thought the job was sloppy... could have done it better myself.

CaptnG " Grace O'Malley" M-40


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[> [> [> [> [> [> Interesting -- Will Holoman M31 Salvia, - Wednesday - 11/ 8/06 - 11:38am

I find it interesting when "business" owners don't seem interested in work. I tried three different riggers before one even showed up to estimate adding roller furling to Salvia. Naturally, he got the job - for 3 grand!! These people must be independently wealthy to turn away work like that!
I am curious why it's so much work to refinish your caprail. I buy jet-speed varnish from WM for the first coat on bare wood then add subsequent coats of UV resistant Schooner varnish with good results. Of course, I'm more interested in protection than the perfect varnish job, but it always looks good.
I know it's taboo to suggest this in SoCal right now but a couple of day laborers can plow through a sanding job in short order.


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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> finishing caprails -- John & Jan, - Monday - 11/27/06 - 4:22pm

GRIN... It has taken us an amazing amount of time to complete any work. I suppose a lot of it has to do with living on a mooring ball. "Whoops! I forgot to get the XYZ" Then it's row 1/3 mile back to shore, hop in the car... row back... light's gone, weekend's over... And a major factor is our quest for perfection. We are so in love with ST that each job must be perfect. That means learning from our mistakes (which are many) and being willing to start over.

I've got to say the rails finally look spectacular though. We found sanding to bare wood, two coats of tung oil and six coats of Epivanes look great. Now we need to make covers to hide it all! LOL.

Cheers,
John & Jan
Santa Teresa
San Diego


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