Many detractors said that it couldn't be done if we were not on Curare but we actually had a contractor work on and, by the looks of the pictures, complete the paint work on the cabin top while we were away. We had been in discussions with the painter, Rawle Walker, for several weeks before leaving Trinidad and had been observing the work he was doing on other boats. We were satisfied with the quality of the work he did, just uncertain whether he would get it finished without us watching over his shoulder.
We have kept in contact over the past few weeks and received pictures of Rawle's work on Curare the other day. He painted underneath the full boat cover so he was not affected by any of the torrential rain showers that have passed through and he finished the work in less than one month.
Rawle sanded and faired the entire cabin top, toe rail and cockpit areas then applied a base coat of Awlgrip primer. This was followed by two coats of Awlgrip paint using the roll and tip method, as opposed to using a spray gun. For paint colours we chose Sand White in the cockpit area (to reduce glare) and Off White on the cabin tops, with non skid applied to areas around the mast and centre deck. The shiny quality of the paint does not show in the photos but the smile on Rawle's face and the reflection on the cabin top tell the story. Cuare's top sides will now be a vision of beauty compared to the paint job GG did while at anchor in Mexico in 2009 however we won't have any Jessie momentos in the form of hair or paw prints.