@PiperPilotPaul it didn't always look sharp. Ours was a rescue. We found it almost capsized on trailer, full of water, leaf springs totally wasted. We rebuilt the trailer beneath it before we could drag it home to refit. I'm building a wooden boom for it now that will look really cool and salty when complete - repurposed from a section of vintage Comet Class mast. #sailing
@SYPerelandra Wow. The before and after transformation is amazing!
So you will be able to offer suggestions on adjusting my water line as originally "painted" (I'm assuming my fibre-glass has the colour pigments embedded).
Dandy Lion now sits about 3" lower in the water than the original black water line indicates. I don't mind that except Lunenburg harbour + mostly sitting at the mooring leaves a sludgy line on the yellow hull.
My amateur solution has been to elevate the black anti-fouling paint above the original line (usually only lasts a season or two).
The tricky bit is to arrange masking tape along the hull to provide a semblance of a straight and higher water line.
How did you determine the placement of a suitable water line when you changed colours?
@PiperPilotPaul Check it out... There is a groove (not visible) between the black bottom paint and white boot. I made the assumption that she'd sit higher when I was done. My intent was to make the lightest, tightest little Nordo around ;)
@SYPerelandra Excellent; I'm sure I have waterlogged foam (the rain leaks in somehow) but it will stay for now.
I can see the original waterline OK. What I would like to determine is the best way to apply masking tape a fixed distance above it to create a higher waterline. Eyeballing, and repeatedly shifting the tape seems hit & miss.
I assume from your comments that the groove helped you lay out a new line.... somehow. 🤔
If you get a chance to make it to Lunenburg again let me know.
@SYPerelandra OK; feeling better about the "eyeball" method.
I think I'll run a line of tape along the top of the original line, and once I get that "nice" I'll run a second line of tape along the top edge of the first. When I take the first line of tape off I should have an even gap (tape width) to the second line, the bottom of which will be my new waterline. (I don't have a boot stripe.)
Now I just have to get the hull clean enough for the tape to stick! 😜
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