Saturday, April 6, 2013

Shipyard Projects, Large and Small

Work continues on with some big projects and countless small details, each with an accompanying set of decisions. For example: replacing the three windshield wipers motors and blades, two deck storage boxes, and a cracked exhaust grill, all seemingly routine items, involved more than a few minutes of measuring, print catalog and online research, remeasuring, pondering multiple choices and price points, and considerable discussion. Each decision meant progress, though the progress wasn't immediately visible.  

Progress isn't always what it seems. Some things have to appear worse before they get better, at least visually. Painting prep is one of those things. Large areas of the shiny, dark blue paint on the hull were sanded down to a dull, lighter blue. The surface was ground, poked, filled, sanded and I don't know what else, but it definitely isn't pretty. Not yet. 

Progress is easy to spot on the finished flooring. Sanding and refinishing made the existing pilothouse floor look as good as new. Multiple finish coats will keep it looking good for years to come. We are pleased with the new teak and holly flooring in both heads (bathrooms), and certainly won't miss the tired old linoleum that used to cover those surfaces.


  1. Hallooo again, left a message on your prior post, and feel enthused to do so again. WOW, what a wonderful venture, thought out in detail, (oh yes, those details in which the devil resides!! haroooo), for a great result. So looking forward to your subsequent posts.
    L., G. and Inky

  2. We need to rendezvous afloat so you can check out the finished product (and I get another chance to try to win at Scrabble!)

  3. Oh that would be so lovely, to lay eyes on you both and give you a hug hug. And see the awesome rhapsody in blue. xo

  4. Hey that would be wonderful, to see you both, and "oooh" and "aaagh" at the beautiful Rhapsody in Blue. xo

  5. The refinished pilot house floor looks lovely, as does the new floor in the head. Congratulations on the finished result. Happy Cruising.

  6. Donna, isn't it amazing what a big difference a small improvement can make.


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