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Date Posted: - Tuesday - 11/ 7/06 - 5:25pm
Author: John & Jan
Subject: Not interested
In reply to:
Will Holoman M31 Salvia
's message, "Really..." on - Tuesday - 11/ 7/06 - 2:22pm
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.
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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