Grand Banks Maintenance Reduction

teak2First in a series of articles on upgrading your older Grand Banks to a more maintenance-friendly vessel. We will be covering lots of creative ways to achieve this goal. This article focuses on teak rails and how to spend more time boating and less time varnishing. Come back later to see how we can convert your current teak rails to stainless. Continue reading

Grand Banks 42 Renovation

IMG_5179We had a customer come in cold just from reading he blog where he determined we could do all the things he needed to upgrade his Grand Banks 42 to the condition that it should be in. There were various cosmetic defects with the boat — all common to the Grand Banks of that era. Deteriorated teak decks, bad window tracks, spent gelcoat and varnish all added up to a boat that was in need of a bit of help. Continue reading

Unsolicited Testimonial

untitledIf you read my daily blog you will already know about this product. After trying all the expensive prop coating products we struck the mother lode with this one. The product is Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier. Available only in a spray can, it is the easiest to use of the bunch. Make sure you have bare metal, clean with a bit of denatured alcohol or acetone and spray on a couple of light coats. This will protect the props (or any other metal) for the season. It will most likely only last one season but for the price I wouldn’t expect any longer than that and the labor cost for applying are negligible.  In fact, every boat that we launch now gets this applied first.

From the Pettit site:

Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792 provides easy to use aerosol spray protection for bare metals including steel, stainless steel, cast iron, copper, bronze, galvanized steel, and lead. It forms an excellent bond to underwater metals and running gear, and inhibits corrosion on these surfaces. Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier’s smooth, hard surface will self-clean in service, and can be used above or below the waterline. The dried film of Prop Coat contains the highest percentage of pure Zinc.

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