Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] RE:[Amel Keel

Richard Piller <richard03801@...>

Dave, given tthat Amel changed the resen mix in the
prior to your boat being built there is no real need
to strip and use a barrier coat. Regarding the keel
to hull joint area that is not normally a big deal
unless there is some damage to joint.

I don't know the area of the hull out however be sure
the air temp is over 50 F when you paint. IF you do
remove all the old paint be very careful not to in
harm the gelcoat. If you do then use a good barrier
coat. If you don't don't...

The more important issue what kind of paint is on the
bottom... be sure that what you plan to use is ok
with what is there.

Good luck
Richard SM 209

--- drdavegoodman <> wrote:

I will be hauling out in November to redo bottom
paint on a 1998 SM
#230. I have read the postings about the iron keel,
hull, general
absence of blisters on Amel's. Joel's comments
regarding taking
special care when preparing and painting the keel
are duely noted.
When I purchased the boat in April this year, the
surveyor recommended
removing the old layers of bottom paint prior to
repainting, as past
uneven hard bottom paint application has resulted in
an uneven
surface. Others have suggested that if I was going
to do that, I
might as well apply an epoxy barrier coat prior to
repainting. The
boat has been in the Caribbean its entire life. I
plan to sail up the
East Coast of US next year, and also perhaps to Med.
My questions
are: If the barrier coat between keel and hull is
in good condition,
is any addtional barrier coat needed? And/or,
regardless of the
condition of the barrier coat between keel and hull,
is it a good idea
to put a barrier coat on the below waterline hull?
What about use of
a primer? Any other thoughts on the matter?
s/v Bel Ami

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