Here is a quick update to celebrate Reach's launch two days ago!  

Ablative anti-fouling bottom paint (Seahawk Islands 44 plus) was applied in three coats, plus a bit more around the waterline.  Note how fine the waterline is painted out on the new sterns.  

Mark applied paint 2" up the 7" sterns to minimize the amount of black ablative paint that we'd have the potential to touch by dinghy or swim-ladder.  

The 2" also represented his calculated waterline for the fully-loaded boat.  

A touch-up gel-coat job was also needed in an area that appeared to have been sanded down to a minor layer of color showing through the original hull.  While we had the color-matched gel-coat, two layers with spray and sanding quickly rectified the defect.

The rest of the bottom paint was applied to the bottom of the keels where Reach had been sitting, so no growth could sneek in there!  

The travel-lift has double straps that you had to pay attention to work around our port shades on one side and our sail-drive on the other.

At last we were in the slings for good, out of our "cage" and down the runway!  

A funny thing  (only in retrospect) happened when we splashed.  We were all anxiously awaiting the view of Reach's sterns floating in the water after many a sleepless night thinking ... did the calculations work?  is the build light enough?  will the bottom steps be dry now??

Then the sterns kept sinking and sinking in the well and the water reached the paint-line, mid-stern and then bottom steps ~  Our hearts were also sinking!!  Mark, Noé and I were getting sick and trying to figure out what went wrong.  Noé suggested we pull back out and apply more bottom-paint.  Mark was in shock and ready to cut the new sterns off.  Michele was thinking about how many more months would be spent on land. 

Then a quick exchange in Spanish indicated that the boat was still resting in the slings and the bows were hanging 2 feet out of the water, depressing the sterns.  This is common practice for the lift to hold a boat dipped partially in the water for the captain to go aboard and check for leaks.  

After the bows were lowered Reach floated flush and we all breathed a sigh of relief, but were quite shaken up all night about it!!

We are glad to be back home and very happy with the result of the extensions.  Here is a view of the waterline before we took on fuel, recalling that we are in fresh water and about 1" less buoyant than in salt water.  The sterns were floating about 1/2"-1" above the water...

After filling up the diesel tank (120 gal), the bottom of the sterns were just touching the water...

This next view is after water (100 gal) was added to the tanks as well...  

Full tanks with dinghy up in fresh water is the worst case scenario and there Reach is sitting right at the painted waterline, so we're very satisfied and can't wait to see how we float in the sea water.  

Final details to come on the overall project and performance once we get out and sailing again!

© M&M 2019