Kathy and I found and purchased Pau Hana, a 52-foot Overseas Cockpit motoryacht, in September 2012. Built in 1989, she was starting to show her age with faded gelcoat
and the usual dock rash that is typical on
a 28-year-old vessel.
We thought a professional cut-and-buff would be the ticket to revive the gelcoat and give her back a youthful shine.
Close to $1,000 later, she looked better,
In the summer of 2016, the Clipper
Round the World Race made a visit to
our home port of Seattle. I noticed that
the boats were vibrantly colored with
the logos of their corporate sponsors.
Something clicked in my head. I began to
research it. I found that wrapping vessels
in vinyl is a popular and commonplace
alternative to paint, not just with the bass-
their way to
a new look
How one couple used
vinyl film as a facelift for
their older boat
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BY PETER AND KATHY RICKS
With the boat finally prepped, Brad and
his crew got to work. The guys started
at the transom and worked toward
the stem, so the seams would overlap
with the flow of water and wind. The
transom wrap was taken around the
stern quarter, where the vertical panels
overlapped the joints slightly.
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