The biggest job is finishing the exterior of the hull and we are now closing in on the paint schedule. The contractor has been busy applying epoxy and fairing above the water line and today he sprayed the first two coats of primer. Once this gets faired smooth a base coat and final top coats of paint will be applied and Curare will be looking shiny and new. Unfortunately late this afternoon we've been deluged by heavy rains that have lasted far longer than a typical tropical squall. A band of precipitation, seen on the radar image, extends 100's of miles to the southeast and this means the downpours may persist for a few days. Not great weather for painting.
But the good news is that after sitting for four and a half months on the hard the exposed fiberglass hull below the water line is thoroughly dry and it too is now completely sealed in epoxy. Over the past two days LE mixed numerous tubs of clear and thickened (with phenolics and silica) epoxy and GG rolled these on the hull; three coats of each. Every coat of epoxy had to go on before the previous one had dried so it was two long days without any breaks. There is still more work to do to get a smooth underwater profile but we're glad we've reached this milestone. As Nigel commented to us "wat, you plan on racing de boat man?". Progress is being made on many fronts and soon we'll have space to move back on board.