Fellow Woody Boater and neighbor Eric Zelman used a drizzly day to get his Varnish fix at George Hazards shop with the Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Here is Eric’s report. Take it away Mr Zelman.
Saturday morning in the mid-Atlantic started cold and rainy. Fortunately the Chesapeake Bay chapter of the ACBS Had scheduled a gathering/ open house at George Hazard’s, Wooden Boat Restoration, LLC in Millington. I loaded into the truck and off to MD to see some classic boats, meet some folks and maybe learn something! Approx. 50 classic boat enthusiast showed up. We toured around the facility to see the projects on hand.
Right up front was a rare 25’ Sportsman. This is hull #111, owned by Ralph Cattaneo. Ralph is working in the shop alongside George during the restoration process, a true “hands on” experience. The bottom has been done, Ralph chose to go the fiberglass route.
There will surely be debate regarding that choice! It is now right-side up in the cradles getting the battens and various other pieces of woodwork replaced.
A great assortment of other projects in various states of the restoration process can be seen throughout the 8,000 sq. ft. facility. They include; a Whirlwind, Riviera, Hacker, Cobra, and Holiday along with a few others.
After a nice lunch and chance to socialize with the chapter members. George led the way through the polishing process once the varnish build up is complete. Even with the best paint booth he explained, you can walk out thinking the finish is perfect only to come back the next morning to find that dust has settled into the varnish. Using a varnished hatch from the Whirlwind, George demonstrated the wet sanding process using 1500, 2000 & 3000 grit paper and a spray applicator with water and a touch of soap.
The surface is cleaned between each step with micro fiber cloth. Next comes the pneumatic polisher with a 3M egg crate type pad and 2 grades of cream. He prefers to use Farecla Profile 300 & then 500 rapid cut compound as it cleans up with water making it easy to get out of seams and clean up spray on the boat from “spin off”. The 3M cream will work as well but being a petroleum based product they tend to stick in the crevices and are harder to remove the spin off spray. If needed, Nu Finish can be used for a final hand buffing or quick touch up before a show. The end result is a nice mirror finish.
Thanks to George for hosting the open house! The Chesapeake Chapter will be hosting the 29th annual antique & classic boat festival Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19th. Registration forms are available on the web site at http://www.chesapeakebayacbs.org