Paint...

Hello All,
This is a question of the higest magnitude! I have already decided the answer. But I am in search of a reality check.
Our BCC has the most wonderful bright varnish over all the teak. We are very proud of it and we enjoy compliments to the point of embarrassment. I’m sure many of you have been through this as well.
We have seen many pictures of “Cruising” BCC"s that seem to be in some part or completely painted.
In talking with a local professional varnisher, he offered the following observation.
“If you are serious about cruising the best thing to do for your varnish is to PAINT it!”
I have already painted our bowsprit with a one part P.urethane. So you see where I am going.
I don’t plan on painting eveything. But is there is there any comments or experiences before I get carried away?
Thanks for your comments!

Russ and Carol


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Hey Russ,

We’re one of the culprits. We had the bulwarks awlgripped when we bought the boat. I love the look of varnished bulwarks, but I’m glad we awlgripped. Cruising boats are subject to more wear & nicks - foot traffic, water wash underway, hauling dinks, anchors, and provisions, tying dink along side etc…

LPU paints are far more abrassion resistant and “waterproof” than varnish. I’ve heard of varnish peeling off during long heeled passages.

The cruising life offers a lot of leisure time. I always found there were more rewarding things to do than maineteance - hiking/bush whacking, diving/spear fishing, beach bummin’ etc…

Our lpu hasn’t been touched in 7 years. Recoating is on my “to do” list - it has lost its luster. But it’s still doing a bang up job of protecting the wood.

my 2 cents, Jeremy.


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