Catamaran Renovation Update - Including before and after pictures!
Catamaran Renovation Update
Every year we take the catamaran out from the water to re-do the antifouling paint. Antifouling paint protects the boats hulls from barnacles and weathering. It keeps boats in great condition and is an absolute must in the harsh elements during rainy season in Costa Rica. We also ensure to finish any touch ups during this time. Every year we have minor scratches and dents to take care of from a year of charters.
This year we decided Sealounge deserved a makeover – a complete refit!
This was a process that we projected would take one month. In the end, we added several more finishing touches and the total from start to finish was two months.
Sealounge Catamarans History
We bought the original hulls from an American couple that lived in the southern zone of Costa Rica in 2015. The original boat was 40 feet long and was built by Tri-Star in 1975. This couple has sailed the boat all the way from California to Golfito, Costa Rica. When we purchased the boat, we removed everything and only kept the hulls. We repainted and secured the hulls, and built from fibreglass an entire new salon area with washroom. We also rebuilt the entire back of the catamaran and added about 6 feet. Another new addition was the stainless-steel roof that provides shade for the captain and passengers relaxing on the back bench.
What was renovated this year?
This year we decided to fibreglass the hulls and cover with gel coat. We also decided instead of using generic anti-fouling to try one of the best brands “Sea Hawk”. Using good anti-fouling paint can add speed to a boat but most importantly protects the hulls from barnacles, and ensures the fibreglass underneath is protected. We re-constructed the floor and added fibreglass plates that add plenty of grip. Also as part of our refit we lifted the engine and repositioned it for less vibration and maximum performance with new injectors, hoses and engine mounts.
This refit will protect the catamaran from weathering, the harsh conditions during rainy season and keep the boat in perfect condition for our charters this year.
Renovation Before and After Pictures
Before: Sealounge Catamaran coming out of the water for her makeover.
After: Putting Sealounge Catamaran back in the water after her facelift.
Before: This photo was taken right after the catamaran was taken out from the water. This is the generic antifouling paint, it really did not hold up well. In one year, it was 95% gone.
After: This year we decided to paint the catamaran with Sea Hawk antifouling paint which is proven to hold up very well to the elements here in Costa Rica. It has also added cruising speed!
Before: Our flooring before was grippy used by painting sand – almost a stucco effect. It worked well but is very difficult to maintain.
After: Here you can see the beautiful new fibreglass plates with grip and this will also protect the floor from water damage. Looks much better!
Before: This was taken while our crew was removing all the spare items to begin the remodel. However, this is the before look of the salon and stairs.
After: We decided to remove the stools to create more space below. Also new flooring with grip and brand-new stairs.
After: The right side of the salon.
After: From the front on the catamaran looking back.
Extra: Deiby (Chef) and Albaro (1st mate) enjoying an intense conversation over the new look!