Work continues. We removed the rudder and took it home for some loving attention this winter. I mostly want to see if it is dry or wet. Rudders must be strong and wet is weak.
Also working on the bottom paint removal. Using CitriStrip and applying that with a trowel which I find superior to a brush. Dramatic reports to follow, no doubt. Bottom paint removal is one of the terrible jobs of yacht ownership.
Rudder with fairing slats removed and some test patches of paint remover activity. Two years ago, I stripped the rudder of all paint. The bottom paint that remained at haulout came off with a light application of remover. Not so for the rest of the boat bottom.
Working on the rudder post at the head. A number of allen screws were removed and the rudder dropped gently to the waiting blocks.
The rudder is resting on the ground and clear of the hull by a few inches. I was worried we would be digging a hole to accommodate the rudder post. Not so. Thanks Mike for setting her up at exactly the right height.
Troweled on paint remover. Using CitriStrip which is "fairly" non-toxic. This part of the hull has a mix of think and thick paint.
Keel with troweled on layer of CitriStrip. The keel has a fairly think application of paint for most of the surface area. I brush the keel clean once a week. Just above the keel, it is very hard to brush clean and the paint is much thicker.
One thing I observe is that the bottom is not at all smooth, "fair" as we say in sailor-land. I prime reason to remove old paint is to get back to the original shape. The boat will sail better and float a tiny bit higher. Sail better is a big deal for us.