Tuesday, 5 May 2009

busy bodies

Most sailors have a long list of "boat jobs". At the first sign of spring, our marina becomes a little beehive of activity. Many jobs rely on sunny days and warmer weather. Everyone has some project on the go and the air is filled with excitement.

This sometimes makes it hard to get any work done, because boaters love to check out what the other "guy" is working on. Usually, lengthy and passionate discussions ensue. Everyone has an opinion about the particular job you're tackling, and you muddle your way through to your own opinion, after having weighed 20 different options. In spite of all this, the work does get done, as long as the weather cooperates. It did for a couple of days last week, and now we're holding our breaths for more sunshine predicted this coming weekend.

So what is our next job? It includes the following: fixing cracks on deck and painting said deck. Doing repairs on the cabin sides (we have issues with rot/damage in three corners.) And last but not least, brightwork, brightwork, brightwork!! (Toe rail, cabin sides, cockpit, tiller, etc etc) That in particular, is my pet project. Rick is the king of "scarfing". We have our work cut out for us.

Here, Rick is prepping this cabin corner in order to scarf a new piece of wood where there was rot. I have begun scraping and sanding the cabin sides. Note the warm reddish tones that are reappearing. I can't wait to see the new shiny brightwork... But I'll have to. Once finished sanding, I will need to apply many layers of epoxy (with special UV protection). That will be followed by a minimum of 3 layers of varnish.

Check twice, cut once. Not having a proper woodworking shop is challenging at times. Rick is a good sport about it.

What a mess! We had to remove the dodger; the tarp is to try and keep some of the rain off while we work on the cabin sides,(as it finds all sorts of ways into the cabin!

A forced break from sanding and scraping.Bailer decided it was time for a cuddle.

Chipping away at a "can of worms". Lots of rot in this corner, but once fixed, no more leak!! (Theoretically).

Here I'm using a laminate trimmer to sand old varnish out of tricky areas. So that's what is at the top of our list right now. Did I mention the list is 5 pages long?

One baby step at a time.

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