Have you ever worked really hard on a project and then when it was done you just couldn’t get off your lazy butt to do much of anything? Well, that’s where we’ve been for the past couple of weeks, on our lazy butts. (more…)
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…)
How do you make a straight piece of wood bend around corners? Well, if you’ve been following us for a while, you might recall my previous experiment in steam bending. I briefly entertained this idea for the cockpit coamings, but almost immediately realized this would not work for what I needed to do outside.
So last summer I bitched and moaned about spending all my time scraping the old Cetol and varnish off the teak and not getting it completely ready for the surface treatment. Sure, I got a nice tan, but man, did I ever get sick of it right quick. I knew I didn’t want to have a repeat of that this summer so I took a few days off of work and busted it out last week.
Our boat has a lot of teak. It’s old, and worn out. Jeni’s stripped off all the brown Cetol now, and I know why the previous owners slathered every inch of woodwork in the stuff. To hide all the problems…..
The companionway hatch is starting to look pretty rough. Plugs missing, screw heads popping through, joint caulk peeling and flaking, and teak slats starting to come unglued. Worst of all, the eyebrow drip rail is half missing.
Yesterday I finally started sanding all the teak I’ve been stripping for the past two months. After about 5 minutes I gave up. The teak is so pitted and grooved I was getting nowhere. (more…)
Progress continues slowly in the teak scraping department. Memorial Day weekend was spent sitting on the dock with a tarp clamped to the side of the boat while I scraped and scraped. I timed myself and I can get about 2 feet of the toe rail and side trim scraped in an hour. Two feet in One. Whole. Hour. (more…)
I haven’t been posting much lately, but I’ve been making progress on the side decks. Weekends and evenings are the only time we get to work on the boat the last few weeks and it seems like things are going slower than usual.