|We are docked in a BARN....|
This is a dream situation for working on teak as there is no dew, no sun and yet a nice breeze blows through the building. It takes about 1 hour to sand the previous coast of varnish with both of us sanding. Then it takes 30 minutes to dust off the sanding dust. In another 30 minutes, we can wipe down all the varnish with a rag and denatured alcohol. At this point, we are ready to start the next coat of Epifanes.
|I love Girls with pretty curves :-)|
|Varnish coat #3 and looking good|
Brushes are cleaned with mineral spirits and then stored in diesel fuel cups. All paints and supplies are stored. The dinghy is lifted back up into the davits and we offload to the car. By now, it is near 4 pm. We drive home in time to hit the pool for some swimming and maybe a sunset walk on the beach before making dinner in the condo kitchen.
This has been our schedule for the past week and a half. We hope to be finished with this varnish work this week, and then we can begin to reload and rebuild the boat.
We had several pleasant changes to our routine today due to wonderful cruising friends. We are very grateful to all of them! First, was a surprise visit from Loretta and Jim of IP380 Plan C. Thank you for stopping by! Next, we took our life raft to a Zodiac service center in Tampa. Thanks to a very good friend, Greg, who is loaning us his raft until he buys his next sailboat, we now have a 4 person coastal life raft. See photos below.Thank you, GREG! Our day ended with a lively dinner in St. Pete Beach with Larry and Phyllis, former owners of IP40 LARK. Thank you for fitting us into your busy schedule!
Here are some photos of the work...
|I enjoy looking at these curves, beautiful lines on a pretty boat|
|WOW, that is coat #3 and it looks so good, amazing finish.|
|All the stainless steel rub rails are off, so finishing the outside is easier.|
|Inspecting the Zodiac 4 person life raft|
|We hope and pray that we will NEVER need this, but it is here if we do.|
This is a 4 person coastal Zodiac Life Raft, 2006 model.
Perfect condition, like new.