Electrical Project Part IV

DC Electrical Update

We finally finished the electrical project!  Of course it seems nothing is ever completely done.  We’ll have to revisit the electrical when we get new batteries and when we take down the mast to rewire it.  But for now, we are checking this one off the list.  The best part is we get to start working outside again. (more…)


Intergrip(ping) the Cabin Top

Hatches and cabin top projects – Week 3

No, we didn’t finish painting the cabin top with Interlux Intergrip last weekend.  I washed the boat Friday in preparation for painting on Saturday.  The plan was for both of us to start early Saturday masking, get the first coat of Intergrip on and maybe the second (and final) coat on in one day because it was supposed to rain on Sunday.  What happened was Rich spent Saturday morning fixing the forward hatch that I broke on Friday (oops).   (more…)

Bomar hatches

Glazed Over with Projects

Hatches & Cabin Top Projects – Week 2

In typical boat-project fashion, refurbishing the two overhead hatches has taken way longer than expected.  Rich managed to get both Bomar metal hatch frames off the boat without bending them too much.  He removed the old glazing, scraped out the weather-stripping, and attempted to remove the old paint with mechanical means, but it was just too tough.   (more…)

Forward hatch

No Rest for the Wicked

Rich is off work for the next TWO weeks, so there is no rest for the wicked – it’s project time again.  I briefly mentioned to him a few months ago that it would be nice to get the final paint and non-skid on the cabin top before winter.  That way next summer we can finally finish the side decks.  I guess that stuck in Rich’s head, because he decided to tackle this project before starting his new job. (more…)

Fall Projects

Fall Projects

I know, I know…we haven’t posted in a loooong time.  When I sat down to write this post I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about because I didn’t think we had worked on many projects around the boat.  I recently bought an Aeropress coffee maker and was going to write about that.  Then I started making a list of the projects we’ve recently finished and it seems we have been busy; much busier than I thought. (more…)

Paint Stripper

My Favorite Stripper

This weekend I finally started working on stripping the coachroof paint.  Back at the beginning of Spring, I scraped off the top layer of paint.  It seriously took me only a couple of hours because the paint was such shit.   (more…)

Get a grip

Seems like it’s taken forever to get to this point but we finally got the non-skid rolled in the cockpit last weekend.   I’m not sure why I’ve had such a hard time assembling my thoughts into written word lately.  KiwiGrip has been done for a week and I can’t think of anything to say about it.


Paint day

I finished fairing out the cockpit and got a second coat of Epoxy Primekote rolled and sanded.  Jeni finally intervened and said “Will ya’ leave it the F’ alone already?!”.  It’s supposed to rain Monday, so Saturday was the only option for us to paint the 1-part polyurethane Pre-Kote primer and still get a couple of days in the high 70s cure on it.