Saturday, April 30, 2016

Max and I have accomplished so much this week. We have done the bottom coat, the gel coat, attached the hard dodger, replaced many essential elements of the rigging, and yesterday I refinished the entire cabin sole. I have almost forgotten about my city life, my job, and my darling students who are busily finishing an essay over spring break.

The view from the cockpit with the new hard dodger up is excellent. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer much shelter from the rain, but we can figure that out later.

This is the cabin sole before and after sanding and stain. It's really nice that we can basically match all the different kinds of wood we used for the interior by sanding it all down and rubbing in stain.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Sunshine

Grinders and sanders purr in the mild April sunshine of Hideaway Marina. The metallic stench of anti-fouling paint has taken over. We couldn't be happier. We scraped, sanded, and painted the bottom quickly. (No one needs to spend any extra moments of life engaged in that task.) I repainted the teal strip on our rail, and tomorrow is dedicated to the gel coat. She is looking good.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Bottom Coat

In the end we used Petit Marine SR60 as our bottom coat. It took two gallons at $250 per gallon. Ouch.

Safety at Sea Course SUNY Maritime

We were lucky enough to take the Safety at Sea course organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation at SUNY Maritime. It was absolutely fantastic. Well organized, useful, extremely educational. We highly recommend this and must thanks Israel Berger for being generous enough to sponsor us. Check out the video for some highlights from our day.

Saturday, April 9, 2016