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  1. jpallen01

    Keel Bottom Paint Prep

    Hi - I've attached a picture of the keel of a boat I'm restoring. It's a 1977 Santana 525. The keel is lead wrapped with fiberglass. As you can see from the picture the gelcoat is worn completely off in some places. My question is what is the best way to make this right? I'm thinking a fairing...
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    Spreader Angle and sail trim

    I am in my second season with my 1979 Santana 525. Pretty much a racing boat. 25' and 2400 lb keelboat. We now have 3 at our club. I've noticed some differences in my pointing ability vs the others. I finally figured out my mast is different. They are running with the original mast, a Kenyon...
  3. jpallen01

    Jib Size and Pointing Ability

    I sail a Santana 525, with a 155% Genoa. I sail against another 525 with a 145% Genoa. We have very similar boat prep (bottom paint, rig tension, etc). Not a big difference in genoa size but we've noticed that he points much better than I do upwind. To achieve the same sail angle I would be...
  4. jpallen01

    Removing Bottom Paint with a pressure washer?

    I have an Oday 240 I picked up last year. Stripping the antifoul and barrier coat is on my list of to dos. I picked up the pressure washer yesterday and started to clean the bottom down and noticed I was able to power off much of the painted surface. It seems to be down to the gel coat. The...
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    Soy Stripper

    I need to strip the bottom of my Oday 240 down to the gell coat. I have a coat of VC-17 and lord only knows what elese under that. I've been told that Soy Stripper works very well. Does anyone have first hand experience with this product...