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As part of the refit of our project boat, Ostara, a 1973 Norlin 34, I decided to scrap its vintage hydraulic system for tensioning the backstay, boomvang, and babystay, along with the control panel in the cockpit. In its new role as a coastal cruiser and occasional racer, the boat had no need for such powerful trimming gear or for hoses full of hydraulic oil leading
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Nearly two years later, the Perfection still looks great. I’m glad I used the flattening agent; the paint also cured with a slight eggshell finish, which further cuts down on reflected glare. The paint has been bashed with winch handles, scraped with anchor chains, and walked on in street shoes, and shows no sign of abuse. Professionals armed with spray guns would have done a better job, but the cost would have been dramatically higher.

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