Repainting my 30yr Old ITALIAN YACHT! 

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In today's episode we're repainting the B IS FOR BOAT!
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B is for Build
B is for Build Month ago
just wanted to let you know ive seen you're comments about painting the anodes, and we will fix that up next time we are out at the boat. We were following what was done before and apparently that was the wrong way. I thought all they needed was a clean connection between the metal they were protecting but after doing research its clear they'll do better without paint on them, easy fix!
Janne Ehrensky
Janne Ehrensky 15 days ago
Thomas Szemeti
Thomas Szemeti 24 days ago
@Dylan Cain they are not at all porous, they are solid metal, and secondly the bottom paint (antifoul paint) will not flake off, the zinc anodes does not affect the paint, it protects the metal parts such as prop shaft, propeller, skeg, how it works is, the zinc is more reactive than the brass or aluminium (or whatever the metal is) from reacting with the NaOH (salt) in the the sea water, and also the zinc anodes are the only things that are sacrificial, there is nothing else unless some of the wet metal parts are different metals but I suspect that everything is brass. so in conclusion he does need to replace the anodes (or remove the paint from the surface). but frankly you don't know what you're talking about.
Dylan Cain
Dylan Cain 24 days ago
B is for build, you need to re replace the zincs, you cant paint over them. They are sacraficial. If everything is covered then that wont be what is sacraficial, the zincs are very porous. Like a sponge, the bottom paint will flake off everything but the zincs
startup tech & go
startup tech & go 26 days ago
You painted the zinc plates too I think it will be useless (zinc) the zinc has to get contacted with water to stop corrosion
Thomas Szemeti
Thomas Szemeti 28 days ago
it's not they don't do as well with antifoul on them, it's that they do nothing, what it is is a displacement reaction, and if you isolate the zinc sacrificial anodes from the sea water then there isn't a more reactive metal than the material that the underwater metal parts are made of
Franco Vallejos
Franco Vallejos 5 days ago
Everyone’s mad cause he painted the anodes. I’m over here not knowing what the anodes are.
rabukan 58
rabukan 58 6 days ago
Zinc anodes are there to protect the metals - rudder, props, shaft, trim tabs, etc. - from galvanic corrosion, "which occurs when any two dissimilar metals are physically or electrically connected and immersed in water." Do not paint them, as many have said in these comments. Painting them will prevent them from doing their job, and your metals will corrode as a result, which defeats the purpose of the zincs. You should only paint the metal with Prop Speed, or any other metal paint specific to marine use. Your bottom paint is ablative, which as you said, is designed to come off over time while preventing barnacles, etc. from connecting to the hull. It will not stick to the metals and will quickly come off.
David Bar
David Bar 6 days ago
16:17 You're defeated the purpose of the zinc in terms of corrosion when you paint them.... literally just looked into the comments and I wasn't going to post this, but for long term it's important that they get salt water to control the corrosion. You can't stop corrosion but the purpose is to reduce it to a least expensive item. I would just throw in the money for at least 1 new prop, it looks like it rotated over something harder. It's like watching bosn mates gundeck maint. all over again.
Peter McDonald
Peter McDonald 8 days ago
My boat is a red Blackfin named MOM. So seeing Hi Mom on your bottom is cool!
Steve C
Steve C 8 days ago
Enjoy your videos! However, you should check out US-first for some instructional videos. It could help prevent you from doing things twice... like painting the anodes, putting the wrong primer, adding an oil catch can that didn't work... and so on. Boats are an expensive, time consuming project. Don't guess on how to do things! Ever hear teh expression there is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it again?
Blanco Niño
Blanco Niño 10 days ago
Damn it looks so good!
Scandal929 12 days ago
Have you ever tried any of those ceramic spray and wipe products on any of your vehicles? If so would you recommend any of them?
hsensei 15 days ago
I'm sure it's been said a thousand times, but BOAT stands for bust out another thousand. They are expensive beasts to maintain.
Matt Pegis
Matt Pegis 17 days ago
I wonder how the weight difference between old engines and new will affect the basic balance of the boat.
john molloy
john molloy 18 days ago
just a simple fix for the wear and tear from the fender rubs...get some signage wrap or the same stuff they use to screen cars,it comes in every color an will protect future uses. you could also get creative and add stripes if thats your thing and if you dont like it take it off.
Chris Fayers
Chris Fayers 19 days ago
You mention stiff shafts and the set screws. I think they hold the cutlass bearing into the shaft bracket. They are not connected to the shaft. Shafts generally are stiff to turn by hand.
Antonio Borrego
Antonio Borrego 20 days ago
I think I've heard enough royalty free electric music to completely destroy the Genre for me.
Aleks From Norway
Aleks From Norway 20 days ago
Hey, dude! I'm a marine techician. make sure you degrease your anodes before you put them in the water. also, your brushing tool will put a lot of iron(from the brush) and copper(from the paint) on top of the anode, and essentially render it useless.
Skipper Richman
Skipper Richman 20 days ago
packing seals may be to tight
Lemon 4OP
Lemon 4OP 22 days ago
Quick Tip: When you were grinding away the calcium from the salt in the water pour hot vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes to agitate the calcium.
Keith Brown
Keith Brown 22 days ago
Wow you did an absolutely beautiful job you should be very proud I am
Wil E. Coyote
Wil E. Coyote 23 days ago
Looks like Oscar does all the 'heavy lifting' & hard work - well done Oscar !
Dylan Cain
Dylan Cain 24 days ago
It is gel coat, not paint, fill it will gel coat then paint it!!!!
Dylan Cain
Dylan Cain 24 days ago
Your prop should spin in neutral, it will be a pain in the ass. This looks like a hatteras. Be careful to not paint your zincs.
Dylan Cain
Dylan Cain 24 days ago
You need to sand the bottom paint first, you will need to redo it after 1 year the old paint is too dry.
Dan Moro
Dan Moro 25 days ago
the thing that the shafts goes thru is called a strut the set screws secure the bearings. Why didn't you clean underside of trim tabs?
Creative Lemon
Creative Lemon 26 days ago
beices the zincs everyone talking about, DONT PAINT THE STRUT SHAFTS!! not the shiney part!!
mack man
mack man 27 days ago
wanna sell those old engines?
Jake Cruz
Jake Cruz 27 days ago
now would be a good time to service the cutlass bearings
Dave Van Gemert
Dave Van Gemert 27 days ago
Oh yeah, dont paint the zincs!
Dave Van Gemert
Dave Van Gemert 27 days ago
The shafts have a v-packing compression seal. If they spin easy they are probably old, dry and worn, and ready to leak!
Drymades / Dhermi Boat Tours
What material did you use for the polishing?
Drymades / Dhermi Boat Tours
You should NOT paint the zing anode!!!! NOW THEY ARE USELESS!!!
Robert Garbe
Robert Garbe 28 days ago
forget the props... You need different one for the LS..
Jon Beecroft
Jon Beecroft 28 days ago
You mite want to get that ding taken out of the prop also must be out of balance big time
Nigel Rogers
Nigel Rogers 28 days ago
The reason the prop shaft is hard to turn probably has more to do with the shaft seal at the other end. These are packing glands often used on the spindles of water pumps. There is an asbestos like rope inside these which the backing plate compresses against the shaft (the 2 bolts). On pumps they usually sit in a water bath for cooling but obviously this is not possible in a boat so I suppose it's a compromise between stopping the water and overheating the seal.
Chuck Allen
Chuck Allen 29 days ago
If I painted my car and showed it on YT and painted the rear view mirrors would I get as many don't paint the mirror comments as you got on "don't paint the anodes?
JFTops Foerster
JFTops Foerster 29 days ago
While you have it out of the water you may want to consider adding some underwater lights at the back. Also, see about having a extended swim platform added. A lot easier doing those additions when the boat is out. And i can promise you they will be worth it.. you can google different swim platforms.
Peter Woodhead
Peter Woodhead 29 days ago
It looks to me from the polished nature of the prop shaft that they have moved aft following removal of the engines allowing the non polished part to run in the bearing causing increased resistance.
aaron abel
aaron abel Month ago
The whole boat is one giant anode
Tom Biondi
Tom Biondi Month ago
Don’t worry about the tops of the trims tabs, that has no effect on performance. The bottom is a different story.
Al W-B
Al W-B Month ago
Dude, apparently... you need to paint the ANODES!!
A Pick
A Pick Month ago
If you're repowering you'll not be keeping the props as they will most likely be the wrong pitch for your new engines. Even if your keeping them the props need to be serviced the starboard prop has heavy damage.
B.A. Gage
B.A. Gage Month ago
I would have retracted the trim servos all the way before paint, usually the hard chrome part of the rod you want to avoid paint. Otherwise it looks killer! looking forward to following this project.
Randy Jude
Randy Jude Month ago
Propellers in twin-engine boats are set to turn in opposite directions so that the torque created by each balances the other out. If both propellers turned in the same direction, you would feel it at the steering wheel--you would have to counter the torque by steering constantly in the same direction. Just wondering if you took this into consideration yet ( just keeping us on edge lol) ..marine engines one reverse rotates in twin screws.....
Randy Jude
Randy Jude 29 days ago
@Charlie Odom JEAN-E-US! ....lmao
Charlie Odom
Charlie Odom 29 days ago
Nah man...he is going to run one trans in reverse and the other in forward!!!
Pablo Montoya
Pablo Montoya Month ago
Paint looks good but your waterline is going to change quite a bit if you're halving the weight of your engines. I hope you can make the gassers work but please definitely run it all by a naval architect who will let you know if the boat will still be safe to handle with this much weight and C of G change. You might want/need to do stuff like resize trim tabs or shaft angle, or even add ballast to make sure it's still stable. People die in the cabins of unbalanced motorboats that flip every year. Hopefully you don't need to ballast back all the weight you reduced to keep things upright!
Ann Trautwein
Ann Trautwein Month ago
FYI support/ stablizer is called a strut. Red tint on strut is electrolysis may want to look into that. Am I right in assuming the white paint is made for props ie Prop-coat. Shafts should turn freely no transmission or shaft brakes so comparisons to other boats doesn't apply.
Robin Wells
Robin Wells Month ago
Are you mainly fresh water or a mix of fresh and salt? If mainly fresh the magnesium anodes may be better. That said, the magnesium will fizz away well sharpish in salt water if you venture out to sea again!
David Goodwin
David Goodwin Month ago
Yacht ownership is certainly a glamorous life ! :)
John Month ago
I sub to this channel to see the boat, not to jump to another channel, un sub here, good luck with your boat.
will meldrum
will meldrum Month ago
You talk to damn much, more work less talking
Steve Gem
Steve Gem Month ago
Those set screws just hold the Cutlass bearing in the prop strut. with the shafts pushed aft the way they are ,you probably have a corroded section of prop shaft in contact with the Cutlass bearing. push your shafts forward spray a little water on them for lubrication and see if they spin better.
Scott Thomas
Scott Thomas Month ago
Great job, like I said before you don’t have to explain anything to anyone, use whatever motors you want bro!
cory Murphy
cory Murphy Month ago
Are you gonna build one of the new engines to run counter or backwards?
Randy Jude
Randy Jude Month ago
gonna guess he'll learn ( probably has already just hasn't informed us)
Mike de Miranda
Mike de Miranda Month ago
Beautiful job on the painting and restoration. Can't WAIT for the complete re-power, and don't listen to all the negative comments about changing the powerplants. You do you. I don't think any of these folks paid for the boat, or the engines you're putting in. I think it'll be badass. I've had large boats (not 40' long) with gasoline engines, and as long as they're purpose-built marine engines, and you take care of them, you'll be just fine.
Xh Xb
Xh Xb Month ago
With a boat from that age, you should considering replacing the cutlass bearings and also the rudder bearings.
Hissmannen Month ago
Painting the hydraulic cylinders? Painting the anodes? Painting the props ? Yeah i might skip subscribing..
John Trahan
John Trahan Month ago
😂🤣😂 those zincs will last forever now!
James Weaver
James Weaver Month ago
Damo L
Damo L Month ago
Love the channel mate looking forward to seeing the finished product. Have you coincided using maybe jet ski propulsion tech? Just a thought 4 JetSkis plenty of room and can be turbo charged!
Steven Roden
Steven Roden Month ago
Unfollowing after a year...you’re the laziest you tuber out there with barley 3 videos a month of other people doing work....you’re not famous, you still have to work!!!
Michael Preyer
Michael Preyer Month ago
That is a seriously beautiful boat! Even though I was one of the many voices thinking that diesel engines would be the best, I understand your thinking and now I'm looking forward to the wonderfully raucous sound of 2 hotrodded big blocks with straight pipes (the straight pipes are just an assumption on my part, but one can hope). It will sound BAD-ASS!! ⚓⚡💥⚡💥⚡💥🚤
Chris Hilyer
Chris Hilyer Month ago
Most people can't get their friends to help with anything. Meanwhile, you have Oscar and Kyle slaving away. You must have incredible dirt on them! :)
BRI2K TV Month ago
B is for boring. Maybe I'll check back when the car projects start again. This shit is lame
Taylor McCroskey
Replace your zincs
okm1971 Month ago
I saw you videos concerning the (upcoming) swap of motors. You mentioned that you probably would need to add some extra weight to have the same balance. However, consider to have an extra clutch from transfluid (or similar) from Italy. This would give you a hybrid running on either combustion, electricity or both and even be able to use the the electrical engines as generators... There are probably a lot of companies out there who does something similar, the only reason I know of transfluid is, that i would like to have it myself but I am not really there yet (financially:) in my own project (larger engines... mtu 12v 396). Check it out at www.transfluid.us/product/hm/ (I have no idea of quality from transfluid etc., but I like the concept).... still, you need a lot of battery power (adding a lot of weight...:)
You should have the props checked out by a prop shop. The starboard prop has damage and may cause a vibration when you install the new engines.
Kim Couper
Kim Couper Month ago
I think it's funny that people tune in to watch the progress of the project, and then pick apart his approach. I don't see anyone else who is doing a large cruiser project. NW boaters rock!
Brett 1
Brett 1 Month ago
How long is the boat?
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P Miller
P Miller Month ago
You should have had ChrisFix soundbites.. "The before... and the after! Isn't that amazing!" Lol. I watch ChrisFix all the time if you can't tell. :)
Egil Month ago
You didn't paint over the zink.
Ontarionorther Boys
Instead of B IS FOR BUILD it so be B IS FOR BUTCHER
SeaSafe Month ago
Shot you an email over last night, lets make that Riva a smart boat!
J.C. Kohle
J.C. Kohle Month ago
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michael caraway
michael caraway Month ago
Replace those cutlass bearings while you have that boat out of the water.
Chris Haberland
Chris Haberland Month ago
to all the comments on painting the zinks will cause a loss in their effectiveness...not true at all...2 or 3 days in the water they will be bare zink again...just wanted to comment on the red that was on your rudder that you mentioned "could it be rust"...it actually is the same type of black paint you put on the hull, its called Red Iron oxide Primer, typical bottom paint...your comment section is ridiculous, everyone should chill out and might acually learn something...
Pip Grace
Pip Grace Month ago
really enjoyed the video - did you paint the inner hydraulic cylinders?
feisty Month ago
D is for Disaster
Tony Alexander
Tony Alexander Month ago
Those Tabs are Stainless Steel... those set screws hold your cutlass bearing in place and no they get tighter because of angle and weight, replace them ! oh and if you didn’t know you only have 30 days to put that paint in water or it dies... That aluminum paint just turned all that bronze into a battery... Dude put the tools down and get someone from the marine industry help you !
Z06ified Month ago
Besides the zincs, should also not paint the hydraulic pistons on the trim tabs. That shiny stainless steel piston should have been masked off before painting. With paint on it, when you retract the tabs all the way, the paint may damage the cylinder seals and cause a hydraulic leak.
Daniel Paulson
Daniel Paulson Month ago
Can't watch this guy any more... not with this poor boat anyway
terry m
terry m Month ago
sorry bro boats are bowring
Tuxedomakdarien Month ago
I highly suggest repairing or replacing your starboard prop. All those bends and nicks will introduce cavitation, let alone unbalance your prop.
Edward Bull
Edward Bull Month ago
So if you remove a lot of weight from the boat it won’t sit at the design height in the water. This will cause a number of issues including it not handling very well. Might be worth considering. Love your work.
jroar123 Month ago
Very interesting video, thanks!
Zukes Rubicon
Zukes Rubicon Month ago
Please...Just call it anti-fouling paint, bottom paint or bottom coat like the rest of us! Ablative paint sounds too technical and snobbish.
KLASIKS Month ago
Oscar is very hard working 👏👏👏👏
Life Inside The Box
What happened to the single seater apocalypse build??? Been 3 months since content.
Jester123ish Month ago
I've been reading the comments, and I'm starting to think you shouldn't paint the zincs!
Travis Ash
Travis Ash Month ago
If you paint them they will last forever !!!
Grady Harper
Grady Harper Month ago
Also maybe consider painting the white topdeck with Spectralon the whitest known white us-first.info/player/video/ac6fg6VrgJ-DbWA.html this means it reflects light far better than anything currently known on our planet
Lee Tingler
Lee Tingler Month ago
Not to be to hinky but the rear of the boat is called the Stern, front is called the Bow, right side is Starboard, left side is Port. Bathroom is the Head, kitchen is the Galley beds are Births. Etc. As a kid l had to know these things as my father built boats. Anyway great project you have! 😎
DundaBluebone Month ago
for a good time, take a shot every time he says ablative paint.
gavin f
gavin f Month ago
you are gonna need new pitched props if you are going for a repower
porschecoyote Month ago
Now would be a really good time to address any issues with the cutlass bearings and shaft seals. Also make sure that your props are good and ready to be removed as you will be doing it a lot in the near future in an attempt to make them work with an LS
Rob Motuzas
Rob Motuzas Month ago
electrolysis is the reason for the anodes
MultiLuc28 Month ago
20:55 HI MOM
p1R4tm1k3 Month ago
Those are zinc's at the center of the props also, FYI.
belledetector Month ago
Hey Chris. I love this project, and I love this Riva. I have been looking at this model for years. You are all about creating content and taking risk. You learn in the process. Good for you. This is a big undertaking and will be the source of a lot of great, educational content - for you as well as your followers. In the process you will gather new subs from the boating world. The more the merrier. Just follow through on this project. Do your LS swap, but do it properly. There is more to it than just swapping the engines. You have a lot of fiberglass and gelcoat work ahead of you. Maybe source some assistance from a boatyard and run the weight saving numbers by a naval architect. I´m super excited to see where this is going, as I have never seen an LS swap on a classic boat like this, except some purpose build wooden runabouts. Consider this: New engines => new gas tank => new props => new shaft bearings and seals => new cutlass bearings => new wiring => new electronics => new radar => new cockpit gelcoat = new upholstery => new bimini - and in the end you will have a fast and modern classic. It will not be cheap, but it will be fun!
Viking's Mancave
rust bullet was developed by the navy for their ships.. i'd so went with that for most of this..
Ethan Macheras
Ethan Macheras Month ago
Paint looks awesome!
PWRstrokesmoke Month ago
Please stop you have no clue what you are doing. So many mistakes already
Cesar Abreu Burgos
Reading the comments got me to the conclusion that painting the anodes its a crime and the boat will sink 😱😎
David Caruso
David Caruso Month ago
Looking great!
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