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  • 167. Top Tips Tuesday - Get A Grip!

    167. Top Tips Tuesday - Get A Grip

    In last week’s blog (or ramblings of a simple sailor as Jenny calls them when she is correcting my spelling and grammar at midnight) I waxed lyrically about Josephine, the very pretty and immaculate 37 footer that was moored alongside us in Mandraki ‘marina’ Corfu. As well as doing a superb job of varnishing with Epifanes, incidentally my favourite make of varnish, Adonis was applying International’s Interdeck non slip deck paint on the coach roof. Its an excellent low textured non slip paint that I have been using and recommending for more years that I care to remember. Many of the dinghies constructed of wood that I fitted out for customers and raced over the years such as International 14’s, Enterprises, Flying fifteens etc got the Interdeck treatment on the ‘floor’. The other benefit of using a coloured non slip is that it brings to life the varnish work by way of a contrast. Brent, the owner of Josephine's choice of colour was cream for the coach roof, however, there are four other colours to chose from. If their colour palette is not to your liking Hempel have a range of five colours including a Navy (not reccomended for the Med I hasten to add).

    Kiwi Grip Deck Coating Application

    As the construction of racing dinghies evolved and we were fitting out GRP boats and latterly ones constructed using epoxy resins, for surfaces that we wanted to be non slip we used instead of an ‘off the shelf’ paint a mixture of epoxy, base colour and colloidal silica rolled on using in those days what was an Artex roller. In certain classes, like the high performance twin trapeze International 14, a very aggressive non slip surface is called for by helm and crew and by varying the mixture this could be achieved. We all, however, want an excellent nonslip, but for most of us ‘amateurs’ the thought of mixing epoxy, then colour and an additive is a no no. KiwiGrip which is a non-skid deck system fits the bill and a big plus (apart from no measuring/mixing required) is that if you have in the past replaced fittings, moved them or whatever KiwiGrip can hide a multitude of sins. KiwiGrip is a single pack, water based acrylic coating for racing and cruising yachts, it can be applied directly over a wide variety of surfaces with MINIMUM of preparation, The level of grip can be varied according to preference using the supplied textured roller, however for seating areas a smoother texture can be achieved using a sponge roller.

    Customer testimonial:

    Hi, Please find a few photos (above) of work on our Enlish narrow boat lying on the Canal de Deux Mers in the S of France. Kiwi Grip was bought at marinechandlery. Had to be careful re temperature and rain! But all worked well and successfully covered some ‘irregularities’ ! Best wishes, Mike

    The New Lizard Sailing Boot - Waterproof, Breathable, Excellent Vibram Soles, Inner lacing system for ultimate stability

    Incidentally, blogging about getting a good grip reminded me that boss man Andy Burgess who races sports boats (spends most of his time wrestling with a spinnaker pole on the foredeck) has been, over the last few months, using a pair of the new Lizard waterproof, breathable and light weight boots and is raving about them! They are of a rugged but lightweight design and apart from being breathable, they offer excellent traction over a wide variety of surfaces and are priced at only £189-95!

    Product report in Classic Boat Magazine:

    'It's difficult to be sure, but we may have never worn a better boot.  Totally Waterproof but breathable with sticky Vibram soles, adjustable (so you can wear thin or thick socks) and extremely lightweight, these Lizard Sailing Boots would absolutely make Christmas for a lucky someone.  There's a clever tightening system in the form of an interior drawstring that pulls everything in yet leaves the ankle with 360 degree of rotation.  Our tester, once he'd sailed in them, wore them round the house for days afterwards, simply because he liked them so much.'

  • 166. Top Tips Tuesday - Now Is The Time, Go For It!

    Josephine, the very pretty and immaculate 37 footer that was moored alongside us in Mandraki ‘marina’

    The other week we were fortunate enough to end up moored alongside this rather pretty yacht in Mandraki harbour, Corfu. According to Brent, her American owner, she was built in the UK in 1956 at a boatyard owned by Percy M See in Fareham Hampshire and this 37 footer was constructed of mahogany on oak frames. Being a nosy so-and-so I did notice the chap, who was working from a rubber dinghy alongside and varnishing the gunwhales, was using my favourite make of varnish. Later, speaking to Adonis the Greek guy (or 'god' of varnishing) who looks after the yacht in the owner's absence and was applying the finishing touches, he told me that in his opinion, Epifanes is the only make that stands up to the ravages of the Mediterranean sun. With its double U.V. filter and its low V.O.C/high solid formulation it makes for an extremely flexible finish that will not crack on wood under stress (ideal for older boats where there is a bit of movement!) Josephine is a credit to Adonis' skill in the preparation and application of the varnish and looks a million dollars. If you have put off your varnishing earlier this year through a lack of time or poor conditions now is the time to go for it!

    Varnish work onboard Hindsight using my favourite Epifanes

    Hindsight, our Mystery 35, has no exterior varnish work however all the interior woodwork including the cabin sole has been varnished by Jenny and I with Epifanes two pack polyurethane. Likewise the  bulkheads and heads compartment glass work with their two pack paint. Why did we use two pack as against one pack? Hopefully no movement of joints and, as Millie the dog will be onboard when we next go out in early September, we wanted a bullet proof scratch resistant coating! Incidentally we didn't want a high gloss finish (better to hide my brush marks) and used their satin finish. For the painted bulkheads and glassfibre surfaces in the heads we added International's Perfection matting additive to take away the gloss.

    Nellie Dean mid repaint

    Andy Laurence (our website guru) who purchased an Alan Hill designed Cutlass 27 just over a year ago, waited until the start of this summer before tackling his hull repaint job. Last week he just finished painting Nellie Dean* with Epifanes Nautiforte before the weather turned. If he had been able to get his yacht 'indoors' no doubt his choice of paint would have been Epifanes two pack however as he was subject to the vagaries of the North East climate and wanted to go for white he chose Epifanes Nautiforte. It's a one pack formulation, high gloss with a rapid film drying with exceptional flowing properties. It's non yellowing with excellent colour stability and a long lasting gloss. Andy's preparation on a tired looking hull, rub down with 240 wet and dry, followed by a coat of Epifanes Multi Marine primer, rub down and then the top coat, both coats applied with a four inch foam roller. Some folks tip off with a dry brush, Andy didn't and is delighted with the result as the image shows! His next step the PSP Coveline stripe on the topsides molding.

    Nellie Dean port side after repaint

    *Nellie Dean was NOT Andy's choice of name but being a superstitious old sea dog he decided to live with the name! Google Nellie Dean and you will find out that it was a popular ballad sung during the first world war.

  • Almost, but not quite

    I did have a feeling in my bones that we were going to win International Paints mystery shopper competition; well that feeling was ALMOST right, we didn’t win however we did come third! International Paint retailers throughout the country were ‘visited’ by a ‘mystery shopper’ during the past few months & they awarded points on a variety of subjects including.......... depth of stock, the presentation of the paint display, product knowledge etc etc. We never suspected anyone who could have been the shopper but I am convinced if they had been served by yours truly we would have won!, strange that the two Andy’s & Clare all say the same thing! However maybe it’s because as well as having excellent stocks of well presented International products we also stock in depth Hempel/Blakes, Seajet, Epifanes & Flag products that we didn’t quite make it. Joking apart we are rightly proud of our range of paints & other maintenance & repair products like West, SP, Owatrol etc.

  • Mystery shopper

    It’s with great anticipation that we await the result of International Paints, 'mystery shopper competition', the winners are to be announced at the Southampton Boat Show which starts on Friday the 14th of September. First prize is a diesel van and £3500 of Apple products, 2nd £3000 of Apple products  & third prize £1500 of Apple products. Your scribe is hoping beyond hope that we may be declared  the overall winner as his trusty Renault van has almost 100,000 miles on the clock & when its a rainy day the dashboard display lights up like a Christmas tree for no apparent reason. Even though we are NOT the closest chandlery to Felling we do think that we may be in with a shout as we really do stock the International Paint range in depth (in my humble opinion the most comprehensive range in the North East.) Our product knowledge & that of our staff is second to none which must have impressed the Mystery shopper & he/she or it, surely would  have noticed that the shelves containing any slow moving stock  are always kept dusted, ‘empty spaces’ are immediately filled by pulling stock forward. In anticipation of our store being amongst the chocolate I have dusted down my ‘birth/marriage & deaths' suit, polished my shoes & packed my razor as we are already down there for the duration of the show, stand no F026 exhibiting the Storm-Bag. If we don’t win the van, yes I will take £3000 or even £1500 of Apples, but where am I going to store them & will they go off before I can eat them?

  • SWEDISH RAILCAR GETS THE TREATMENT

    We have been delighted to supply Epifanes Rapidclear a  quick & easy to apply semi-gloss clear UV wood protection which requires no sanding between coats, & International’s Schooner Gold an advanced uv technology high gloss varnish to protect & enhance the interior woodwork  on this superb Swedish railcar. Rescued from a farm in the Hartlepool area where it was being used as a cafe, it’s now based at Nene Valley, owner Craig & his ‘crew’ hope to get it up & running & into service by October.

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