Grinding Gelcoat – Update

Extremely dusty job despite a tent and all the protective foil. The fine dust goes everywhere and if you get the particles on your skin it itches. I am glad that I do not have to do this job.

The picture below is the contractor Olivier from Thalassa Nautique grinding down the deck. Today, Friday, it rains which means the humidity levels are too high and temperatures too low for the epoxy primer to cure. We hope for Monday to be drier and warmer (no rain and 16C days high)

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Olivier at work
Grinding day after
The sanded areas, with the pure fiber shining through, are protected against rain and humidity.

Later that day (yesterday) I took a relaxing dinghy tour through the port. Well honestly, I went on an escape from the dust and sorrow look of the boat.Mood improvement LGM

Grinding Down the Deck

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Packaging artist Christo was here

Osmosis Treatment on the top deck of Lunara. Today, we finally started the partial gelcoat removal on the coach roof. Boat is dusty everywhere. We hoped for a grinder with integrated dust removal. That is not happening – sadly. The weather window is marginal, meaning temperature and humidity levels are a notch above the minimum required for this work. Thank god we are in Southern France.

Can’t make a photo of the actual work since I lack the protective equipment for myself.

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Dust protection
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Taking measure with the new solar panels

Back at the Boat in La Grande Motte

Morning time greets me in La Grande Motte with this beautiful sunrise.

Went to my favorite Boulangerie (bakery) to get my ‘Pain au chocolate’. More about my brief, but interesting trip to northern Germany in a separate post.

But now it’s breakfast time!!!

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10000 Parking Tickets in France

Humourful (and colorful) way to tell someone how not to park in the port of La Grande Motte.

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Found Another Rose on the Beach.

What’s going on? Can’t be that so many proposals go wrong. Is there a secret to French life I am not privy to? Did a container with 10000 single roses sank in the Golf du Lyon?

New Gunboat Rollout

Quiet Rollout on a Saturday morning. She looks stunningly beautiful. Even the windows are mounted – I believe the official presentation will be in some weeks.

Today at the Beach

Found this rose on the beach. Looks like a proposal gone wrong 🙁

Sometimes I would love to know the real story behind things like that.Rose on the Beach-1