There's nothing better than relaxing in the cockpit after a busy day varnishing and getting the boat ready to leave the dock. A bit of wine makes it all even better. Just sayin'.
Teak measles are definitely NOT on my agenda. Every day I have to walk down the dock several times, passing s/v Flatlander, a newer Island Packet that has perfect varnished teak. Also the older Valiant 42 s/v Limerick that now has perfect varnish... So the past 4 days have been monopolized by stripping all the old cetol off the boat, brightening, sanding and now I have 2 sealing varnish coats and 2 "real" coats of varnish on... only 3 more "real" coats to go....
Here you see the varnished caprail in the distance, the freshly stripped cockpit trim piece and the UGLY dark grab rails still covered in old cetol. But tonight, things are looking better -- the companionway no longer has measles and although it's not mirror finish varnish yet, it's getting there!
Quick detour from our original plan, but our diver doesn't clean all the barnacles off the Maxprop until Saturday. But our freshwater flushed diesel started perfectly today .... after six months and after we turned ON the seacock.
Back aboard Winterlude! We planned to spend our first 5 1/2 days getting the boat liveable and then sailable. But our diver doesn't have Winterlude scheduled for an every other month bottom job (and prop cleaning) until November 12 ... seems like forever. In the meantime, I got diverted by teak ... again. After 2 days back, the boat was pretty liveable and the sails were even back on. So I get the brilliant idea that the caprail teaks still looks fabulous, but needs another couple coats to keep it that way. And the grab rails, cabin top trim and companionway and hatch boards are FILLED with mold spots. They're still Cetol left over from a couple years ago, so wouldn't it be a great idea to strip them ALL and restore them with varnish like we did the cap rail. I could hear David groan. So we spent two days stripping, brightning, sanding and now varnishing. But it's looking good so far with 2 sealer coats and one coat of Flagship varnish. Only 5 more coats to go on the cabintop, grabrails and companionway ... and only one coat to go on the caprail. And then we should be good to continue getting the boat ready to sail! That will make David happy! :)