Admiral Hornblower

Iips for painting a Laser hull.

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35 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Orange peel is difficult to avoid. Making sure the surface is totally free of oil or wax is the usual prescription.

You're not going to make much progress with 1000 grit. I'd also suggest that you really don't want to create bumps & hollows at this stage... if you've been using a batten/longboard then tell me to shut up... but my suggestion is to use one and drop to 600 grit. Do this until the shiny spots (the low area) are ju-u-st starting to disappear. Then start shifting up in grit to 800, 1000, etc.

Your surface doesn't look that bad, frankly. Next time I refinish a boat I am going to ask YOUR advice!

FB- Doug

Thank you, as always!

 I'll give it a go with the rougher grit.

45 minutes ago, Bill5 said:

A few decades ago a guy in our club painted his Fireball with the same result. He claimed he did it in purpose and called it the “golf ball effect” and resulted in reduced drag. His nose was growing as he spoke...

LOL:lol:

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I have been here enough times to justify $300 for a proper Bosch 1/2 sheet orbital sander.  One of my better investments.  I budget tools separately from tasks.

Follow post #32 steps 11-14.

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I want to install two inspection ports on my Laser for air flow, on in the front and one in the back. Where the best place to install these on a Laser?

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Is this for drying out?
Other than that, I can't recommend a location, though -- one of the worst places to locate one (beside the obvious) is just beyond reach of backing for important rigging. :lol:
Incidentally, a while ago I read elsewhere in Dinghy Anarchy that someone blew apart his (5O5?) when he aimed the "blow" end of a shop vac into an inspection port.

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1 hour ago, Rasputin22 said:

My girlfriend painted her Laser using her lips and this was the result!

A brief history of lip augmentation | Dazed Beauty

This is why you're not supposed to bypass the pressure regulator

FB- Doug

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1 hour ago, Admiral Hornblower said:

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Is this a good placement for the ports? I want the port on the front to also be able to be used to reinforce the mast step.

Yep, seen a bunch put in like that. I don't think there are any ribs/braces under the deck

FB- Doug

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4 hours ago, Admiral Hornblower said:

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Is this a good placement for the ports? I want the port on the front to also be able to be used to reinforce the mast step.

I have been told by a Laser dealer that the inspection port on the bow deck should be off center. I don't know the reason. But that is what I was told.

 

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I once had an inspection port beside the centreboard slot. It had a small removable bucket that was handy for storing a few things.

 

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14 hours ago, Crooked Beat said:

I have been told by a Laser dealer that the inspection port on the bow deck should be off center. I don't know the reason. But that is what I was told.

 

I've never heard this but then I've never talked to a Laser dealer about the topic. I have added inspection ports in front of the mast step on many Lasers through the years as required to reinforce the mast step and have always centered them just like the Admiral shows in his picture. The foam core of the deck is not present along the centerline (smooth section of gelcoat). No big deal. Also, don't mess with attaching the ports with screws - just use silicone. A port like @Bill5 mentions is really nice to store your lunch for long days on the water. Also, with that port next to the CB trunk you can duct tape a spare vang key to the underside of the port.

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