Little Harbor 52, DRAGON receives a teak deck replacement & respray
March 27th, 2019
New teak deck replacement and respray for a Little Harbor 52
This Little Harbor 52, DRAGON, has been a long-term client here at Berthon. On this occasion, the original work list included a teak deck replacement, a respray of her topsides, as well as a few smaller engineering and shipwright jobs. Making good use of our skills while the major work was underway in M-Shed towards the end of 2018.
During this time, a weekly update from the project manager, and the client visited regularly to view progress. Further work was both recommended and requested – this included full service of all stern gear, steering system, and a complete refurbishment of the mast – including a shot blast to remove all paint and the odd bit of corrosion before filling & faring undercoats, and a respray along with replacement of all standing rigging and new mast electrics.
Her original deck was removed prior to relocation into our paint preparation shed. Here she was sanded back, prepped, and primed before being moved across into our state of the art, glossing booth.
Berthon maintains its state-of-the-art boat paint spraying facilities impeccably, and with dimensions that can fit most yachts in the UK it is flanked by two similar size preparation booths where 95% of the prep work is carried out; this ensures that the oven booth is kept at laboratory-level cleanliness. It allows a dust-free spray paint finish every time – off the gun and needing no polishing prior to delivery.
Air temperatures are continuously controlled in the facility. Hull temperature and air humidity are monitored and recorded along with batch numbers as well as ensuring the correct thickness of coating is applied across the whole surface. This allows our team to provide an outstanding and long-lasting paint finish.
Once cured (which takes less than 36 hours) she returned to our big blue sheds where the teak deck replacement began (as seen below) together with the refitting of many of the engineering items serviced or renewed.
DRAGON’s refit was completed before the owner headed off to the west coast of Scotland for the season’s cruising.