Monday, December 8, 2008

Where To Start?

Now that the boat is in the shop, I can take a better look at the projects at hand. My list of "To Do's" looks something like this:
  • Strip and refinish the outside of the cabin
  • Strip and refinish the combing and cockpit bulkheads
  • Strip, repair, and refinish the king plank
  • Repair, clean, and refinish or replace toe rails
  • Patch and rub out cabin top
  • Clean and refinish teak decks
  • Strip and refinish margin boards
  • Clean up interior finishes around the companion way
  • Tear down of the mast and refinish with 3-4 more coats of varnish
  • Polish hull
  • Strip and paint bottom
  • And 1000 other chickenshit little details...........
The first thing that needed to be done was taping off the deck. The boat sits next door to our steel fabrication shop, and steel dust will embed itself into the teak decks and allow the never ending battle of rust. Sounds easy enough..... Three hours later, this is what it looked like. Then start stripping all the hardware on the cabin top, deck, and cockpit. My rule of thumb is the cleaner the canvas, the better the artwork. I do not believe in taping around fittings and such. I have found that problems can lurk in the some of the most hidden of places. That, and knowing that it is much easier to bring the parts to the polishing wheel, rather then bring the polishing wheel to the part. By the end of the second day the boat was completely stripped of all her hardware and we were ready to start stripping the cabin sides, bulkheads, and combing. My father started stripping varnish off of the front of the cabin, and I headed to the cockpit to remove the micarda trim on the top of the combing. At end of day three the boat looked like more of a skeleton then anything else.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You must have a VERY understanding wife... lucky you.