Your never know how big your Boat is until you Paint it! Same thing with a house.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento

My husband and I have been working all year (mostly him and only as time allows) to get our 34' Trimaran into shape.  With my real estate schedule I try to join him about once a week.    We have had the electrical redone from stem to stern and our new engine is ready to be installed.  Jim has been repairing spots of dryrot on the boat (it's a fiberglass over mahagony).


Now fall is here and it is time to paint.  We thought it would be fairly straightforward, but it seems to be taking forever.  Caulking here, taping there.  Paint Tape that doesn't seem to stick properly, tools that can role off the side and drop into the drink, and the need to "always" watch your step.  Plus, marine paint has this funny habit of turning glossy paint into flat if you paint too late into the day (funny but true).  So you have to paint in small sections at the right time of day.   The list goes on and on.


This last month of paint projects reminds me so much of houses.  When I take buyers through and they notice it needs a little paint ...  I use to say no problem, that is definately the best return on the dollar for do-it-yourself homeowners.  Now.... I might be a little less inclined to say that should be easy.

Comments (9)

Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You just put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Granted they won't have the issues you have with the boat.

Oct 21, 2011 06:05 PM
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Oh painting anything is definetly something I have to use a professional.  I am just not going to try the whole home.  Did that in my youth.

Oct 21, 2011 06:26 PM
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Cathy,   wasn't aware of paint reacting to the time of day for boats...thanks for sharing.

Oct 21, 2011 06:55 PM
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Ron:  Neither did we.  Apparently top side paint will go flat if painted very late in the day AND you have overcast/foggy conditions into the evening.  We keep our boat near Napa and they have been getting overnight cloud cover.  Who knew.


Oct 21, 2011 07:02 PM
Ed Kurosz , Lic. Assoc. RE Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Westhampton Beach & Quogue - Westhampton Beach, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork

I am about to embark on painting the exterior of my own home here in the Hamptons. I hope the warm fall weather we have been having holds out a little bit longer. It's quite a task, especially if you decide to do it yourself. I'M GOING FOR IT!

Oct 21, 2011 07:27 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Painting always seems like it's going to be no big deal.  Then this happens.  I remember my husband though, one Valentine's Day, he could paint our kitchen while I was out for four hours with clients.  Needless to say, it became a group project when I came home to my "surprise" in progress.  We finished late the next day.

Oct 22, 2011 03:13 AM

Chris Ann:  I know what you mean, I keep looking at one of my bathrooms and think "oh, I could do this in a couple of hours".   But reason takes over and I realize a full day .... and that kind of time is too hard to find.

Oct 22, 2011 06:19 PM
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Oops.  Responded before logging in. :-)

Oct 22, 2011 06:21 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Cathy -

Exactly right.  When listing a home I normally suggest my sellers either wipe down the front door in some cases I suggest they paint the front door and exterior entrance area.  First impressions are everything.  My wife and I already have it on our To Do list to paint our exterior trim and bump outs next spring.  Neither of us are looking forward to it but it's part of being a home owner.

Best regards from the Q

Oct 24, 2011 03:19 AM