Build log 2014-01-02

I went to my parents' around Christmas time and decided to work on the Odin.

After the initial assessment back in November I had sourced various missing supplies: paint, servos, smoke generator, receiver, ESCs ... Time to get to work.

Hull had been painted 15 years ago. I had decided to redo the deck paint which looked quite lousy both in terms of color (greenish-greyish) and finish. I also had to paint the bulwark (single piece, injection-molded).

After the deck had been sanded, masked, primed, sanded again and painted grey, I flipped the boat and the hull barely "hit" the boat stand. There I was looking at a 1cm x 1cm chip of hull paint.

Turns out our paint job from 15 years ago was quite poor. Paint chipped away in 30 minutes and revealed a absolutely smooth hull.

Hull was sanded, primed with plastic primer then "standard" primer. After some wet-sanding with #600 paper, hull was painted red.

Hull with new paint job

Hull with new paint job

Hull with new paint job, new deck color and some deck equipment

Stern with Kort nozzle

Stern with Kort nozzle

Waterline near the Kort nozzle was challenging to draw and tape

Stern with Kort nozzle

Stern with Kort nozzle

Paint is actually a little less "red" than on the pics.

Bulwark on deck

Bulwark on deck

More fitting required before actual installation of bulwark

Side view with bulwark

Side view with bulwark

Half decent.

Bow with forward deck

Bow with forward deck

Non-functional anchor windlass ready for installation

Waterline at the bow

Waterline at the bow

Masking had gaps and was obviously uneven.

Waterline at the bow

Waterline at the bow

Paint job should now be tougher (not the prettiest though)

Red paint looks a little "too red" (but the pics make it look much more "red" than it actually is). RAL #3020 Traffic Red was used. Maybe I should have opted for RAL #3003 Ruby Red which is darker.

Drawing the waterline was a little challenging. Applying masking tape - especially above the Kort nozzle - was a length process. And as seen in the pictures above I didn't get a nice smooth waterline. There are "gaps".

Overall it doesn't look too shabby but there's (a lot of) room for improvement.

Rear deck

Rear deck

Rear deck with servo hatch, main winch, RHIB

Servo hatch cover

Servo hatch cover

Non-functional winch

Non-functional winch

Main winch covers motor hatch which obvioulsy lacks coaming. Will probably require some waterproofing

Winch

Winch

"Arch" still requires some bending and fitting.

Rigid-hulled inflatable boat

Rigid-hulled inflatable boat

Full dual-tone paint job though it might end up unter a tarp

Winch will be non-functional. The "arch" (?) above the winch still needs some bending and fitting. Two notches have been filed in the bulwark to clear the "arch".

Applying masking tape on the lifeboat to paint the "rigid" part white (both above and below waterline) took around an hour and a half. Lots of small patches of masking tape to match the "complex" shapes and curves.