7/6/2010 – Day 1 in the yard

It’s gonna get uglier before it gets pretty. We got up at the crack of dawn today, about 7:15, because they were scheduled to wash down our boat at about 8:15. We were just finishing breakfast when they started.

Once that was done, we got to work. First we had to clear off the decks of all the accumulation. So, we put the dinghy together and stowed all the various deck stuff inside and then tarped it over. Fortunately, they’re not calling for any rain for at least a week.

Then Lulu got busy roughing up all the miles of brightwork so that we can give it another coat or two of Cetol Natural Teak.

My day was spent getting rid of the old green boot top which wasn’t sticking to the gel coat very well. This is part of preparation for painting new bottom paint a bit further up the sides. I think it’ll be about 2″ higher than the existing boot top (primer-colored strip in the picture). Then we’ll paint a new black boot top above that.

Prep work is such a drag but it’s really necessary if you want the paint to stick for the long haul.

We certainly can’t complain about the weather. It was bright and sunny and warm. Just a little breeze. Supposed to be as good or better all week.

PS: cell service is terrible here in the yard in case you’ve been trying to get hold of us.

We finally knocked off work about 7:00 PM (no lunch break) and just finished showering. Now it’s time for something to eat and a little brew to wash it down. We earned it today.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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One Response to 7/6/2010 – Day 1 in the yard

  1. You've definitely earned a brew! We just brought our sailboat home from the boatyard after 2 1/2 months of working on her. It will be worth it, though. Best of luck!

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