Hull Fairing combines actual blueprinting of hull (click here for larger views) with optimization of the hull. This combination produces speed gains for that straight line speed needed or the extra edge for those tense moments after the start, "when it's roll or be rolled".
Gable Enterprises comprehensive fairing process identifies and fills all the major "lows" in the hull. After all the lows have been filled with a light fairing putty, a high build type primer is spray applied so that the entire hull can be faired with a sanding stone ( fart-rock ) and board files. The advantage of this sanding stone over board files is that it actually shapes itself to the rocker or curve of the hull. Board files tend to sand flat spots into curves. Therefore the fairing process can't be completed accurately with the use of only board files.
Once the hull is sanded with fairing stones, a decision is made, based on cost, if the hull is going to get another high build and fairing or just get the final primer from this point. A second high build is considered the Nth degree and is highly recommended for the one design racers, where speed is measured in sneezes. For everyday PHRF racers and MORC racers, the second high build and fairing is not as important. After the final primer is applied on wet sailed boats, it is sanded with machine sanders to 80 grit finish in preparation of bottom paint. On dry sailed boats, the primer is sanded to 180 grit in preparation for 5 coats of finish primer. This primer is then wet sanded and finished out to 1000 grit. Some customers request that the hull be buffed prior to delivery. What a sight, as the hull doesn't show one imperfection and is ready to roll!
Our wet sailed boats usually get 5 coats of their favorite bottom paint sprayed on. This is than wet sanded out to 400-600 grit. Slippery when wet! These fairing/bottom jobs actually last longer than normal bottom jobs because the paint is so slick that the diver can perform the underwater maintenance using a rag . The rag is non abrasive, and therefore removes less or no bottom paint, extending the life of the bottom job. We've also noticed that the frequency of maintenance can be decreased after this job. On Ruman', a local Beneteau 43.5' pictured right, the bottom paint has performed for 2 1/2 years from a Gable Enterprises fairing/bottom job, that's two fast bottom jobs for the price of one. Get the edge!