January 29, 2021
Ferry Facts: Dry Dock Pictorial 2
Let's Paint!Painting a boat is very different from painting a house. Multiple coats from primer to base coats and top coats are all required, but whereas a house wall gets multiple layers of the same color of paint, boat layers of paint are each different to ensure 100% coverage of each section with each coat of paint.
In the photo above of the M/V New Jersey in dry dock you can see examples of the many different layers that keep a boat water proof and good looking at the same time.
- The top layer of gray on the car deck shows what bare blasted steel looks like. There is no paint on this layer.
- The green section shows a layer of zinc primer which helps prevent corrosion.
- Two additional coats of primer will applied over the zinc primer as the project is closer to the end.
- After the three coats of primer, a black top coat will be applied.
- The thin beige section shows the second coat of primer for the underwater hull.
- The black on the bottom is the first of three full coats of anti-foul paint that keeps barnacles off the bottom of the boat. The next coats will be red and then blue.
Here are some more January ship-yard pictures showing the extent of the New Jersey's renovations inside and out.
Literally nothing in the M/V NJ is going untouched! If you can see it, it was refinished, and if you can't see it when sailing, it is being refinished as well.
A special shout out again to Assistant Port Engineer Michael Lynch for the diligent photo diary and Port Engineer Jeff Robert for his lessons in paint coatings. These photos are only a sample of the full array being sent home each week. We'll issue a new set at the end of February so you can continue to monitor ongoing progress with the rest of the team!
Green Resolutions. With two days left in January, there's still time to set New Year's Resolutions - Green Ones! Here are three to get you started. 1:Shift to glass over plastic containers for food leftovers at home. 2:Carry your own collapsible go mug to avoid using cardboard coffee cups in coffee shops since they are rarely recycled. 3:Follow a free green blog like MindfuloftheHome.com to stay aware of new trends and ideas. This edition gives you ideas for more green resolutions!