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Onne’s New Goose: Painting the Stateroom

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The paint in the master cabin on Snow Goose, Onne van der Wal’s 1986 Grand Banks 32, was cracking and peeling and needed attention.

To get started, Onne hooked up his Festool orbital sander to the vacuum and gave the walls and bulkheads the 180-grit sandpaper treatment. The vacuum took care of most of the dust, but before painting, he used a small battery-operated vacuum to get the dust out of the corners and TotalBoat’s Dewaxer & Surface Prep Solvent Wash to really get things cleaned up.

Onne did a lot of research to find the right paint for the stateroom. He experimented in his workshop and spoke to the guys at the One Stop Building Supply Center in Newport. "I talk to those old geezers who have been there since 1939,” Onne says fondly about the hardware store and its longtime employees. They turned him onto the Whizz roller system and the premium sponge for ultrasmooth surfaces. “l’ve tried other rollers that would leave fluff in the paint,” Onne says, “and this was the best.”

He painted a couple of test areas inside Snow Goose’s head, including one section without primer, but it didn’t work. Everyone told him to use Zinsser's B-I-N primer, which he did and says “worked like a charm.”

For the topcoat, Onne used Interlux’s Brightside polyurethane paint. “I used it on Snoek and it’s great,” Onne says about the same paint that he on his 1972 Pearson 36 sailboat. “The finish is superb, and it dries quickly. It’s spot on. I’m so happy with the finish."

You can watch Onne's DIY video below. 


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Onne’s New Goose: Onne’s Home Workshop

Onne gives a tour of his compact home workshop where he repairs and fabricates many of the components for the 1986 Grand Banks 32

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Onne’s New Goose: Applying Propspeed to the Propeller

Onne turns to Propspeed to keep the propeller on his 1986 Grand Banks 32 free of marine growth

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Onne’s New Goose: Replacing the Forward Hatch

The lens on the forward hatch of Onne van der Wal's 1986 Grand Banks 32 was crazed, so he put in a new Lewmar hatch

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Onne’s New Goose: Varnishing the Sole

Onne van der Wal tackles the varnished cabin sole, one of the last refit jobs before launching his 1986 Grand Banks 32, Snow Goose


Onne’s New Goose: Launch Day!

After six months of winter and spring labor, Onne and Tenley van der Wal launch their 1986 Grand Banks 32, Snow Goose

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Onne’s New Goose: A New Breaker Panel

For the electronics on his Grand Banks 32, Onne gets a little help from his friends

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Onne’s New Goose: Why He Bought a Trawler

Onne van der Wal explains why he sold his sailboat and bought a 1986 Grand Banks

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Onne’s New Goose: Replacing the Marine Hot Water Heater

When the original boiler on his 1986 Grand Banks 32 gives up the ghost, Onne is in for a nice surprise