I am at 200 hours on this build and the boat weighs 835 lbs.
After putting all the epoxy on the boat it had to be sanded. Epoxy is not self leveling. It orange peels very badly. I sanded for two days. Epoxy is very hard after it cures.
After sanding I washed the boat with water. Then washed with lacquer thinner. After cleaning the boat I taped off the sides to get ready for paint.
Then I painted the bottom with five very thin coats of Interlux VC Performance Epoxy with Teflon. This paint has more fumes than any thing I have every been around. Had to change clothes and put them in the washer each time I came in from the shop for a full week.
Now it’s time to move the boat outside to be flipped over.
I had a problem with the stem digging into the ground.
I built a cradle around the boat to make sure that it would turn over safely and not get damaged during the process. I left the 2×6 ’s long so that the boat would stop at 90 degrees and we could then slide the boat back in front of the door before we let it down.
The cradle is put together with deck screws and I added a 1/2” cap bolt at each connection of cross member and upright.
I gathered up 8 of my neighbors and we flipped the boat up.
We slid the boat over in front of the door.
Then I sawed off the tall uprights. and we continued with the flip.
I placed 4 furniture dollies under the boat.
The rope hooked to a truck carried most of the load on the way down.
As soon as the boat was down we took off the cradle and moved the boat back into the shop.
The boat is now back in the shop.
Here is a video of the flip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEnJ4hLf4QI
Now I can get started with finishing the inside of the boat. I plan to add a cabin and a pilot house, so lots of work to go.
Thanks for looking!!
-- John, Suffolk Virgina