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    Senior Member Stmbtwle's Avatar
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    Cleaned and painted the roof. Nothing spectacular, but all the nasty pollen and pollution is gone and the new roof paint is 10-20 deg cooler.
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for... http://s71.beta.photobucket.com/user...24993.pbw.html

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    What kind of paint did you use?

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    Exterior latex semi-gloss from Big Box. White of course.

    The roof is covered with Cool-seal, which adheres well but seems to attract dirt. I'm hoping the semi-gloss on top of the coating will make it a little easier to clean. Definitely looks better!

    The entire superstructure is made of wood and latex works quite well. It's affordable, durable, easy to apply, and easy to clean up. What's not to like? The only place I use "marine" paint is on the fiberglass hull.
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for... http://s71.beta.photobucket.com/user...24993.pbw.html

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    My previous boat had Cool Seal on the roof - it definitely gets dirty quickly. I did not know you could paint over it.

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    Cool Seal is latex. We cleaned it really well (Simple Green and bleach) and put latex on top of it. Exterior latex sticks to just about anything, so I don't anticipate any problems.

    It made a BIG difference inside the boat, but now the "sun deck" is just that, TIMES TWO!
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for... http://s71.beta.photobucket.com/user...24993.pbw.html

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    we had a 15x52 playcraft with vinyl covered decks.over the years the color faded away but the vinyl was in great shape.i didnt want to take the time to put new vinyl down so i cleaned it with malco red thunder and a power washer,then i wiped it down with acetone. i then painted it with a very good latex paint(sherwin williams). as long as i only used a car wash brush and a hose to rinse it everything was fine and it looked great. i mistakenly took a 3500 pd. power washer to it one spring and some came up(but not alot). it was a easy patch. it lasted us for years and the current owner says its still good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpo55 View Post
    Replaced our front deck fan with a really cool one called a Haiku. It was a gift from our daughter who works for the company. It's very different looking from normal ceiling fans. The parent company has a VERY unusual name - let me just leave it at that.
    http://www.haikufan.com/info-kit-off...gn=haiku-ppc-B
    Here's a photo of the fan. Very unique design. One thing I really like is that it's almost silent even on the inverter. The other fans hum much louder when running off the inverter.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/44260406/fan.jpg

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    Adding a Windlass

    Just in the beginning stages.
    The bow cleats will have to be relocated so rather than make an actual 'relocate', I bought 2 new ones. Today, I drilled the holes and made some backing plates and test fitted them which required me to get into a hole that I didn't fit into. That was fun
    Tomorrow, I will bed them in place and remove the old cleats. Then I will have to remove some of the teak strips on the bowsprit and prep the surface before anything else. Once that is done, I will buy the windlass and install it which means getting back into the hole I don't fit into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpo55 View Post
    Here's a photo of the fan. Very unique design. One thing I really like is that it's almost silent even on the inverter. The other fans hum much louder when running off the inverter.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/44260406/fan.jpg
    I've never seen one like it before but I like it!
    44 gibson executive
    on the muskingum river & ohio river
    marietta,ohio

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    Cleaned up some wiring from the previous owner. Not only did I rearrange the 'birds nest' wiring and run the wiring in the wiring harness I actually removed 5 wires and didn't add any. Everything still works except now it works like it is supposed to.
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