Our companionway stairs, like our cabin sole, were in bad need of refinishing. We should have brought them home right after having the boat hauled for the winter but thought we'd wait a little bit since we really weren't in a hurry. As it happened, Ron's parents had borrowed Ron's truck right before we covered the boat and since the stairs wouldn't fit in my car, we left them on the boat again. The last time that we went to check on the boat, with Ron's truck, we decided it was time to get the stairs home for refinishing. Except now we had the tarps tied down all over the place. We had to undo a few ropes and the traveler, wrestle the stairs out the companionway, through the cockpit, around the tarp and down the ladder. Some how we managed with no major mishaps. Probably would have been easier to do ealier but we like to keep things interesting.
The steps were worn down to the wood and looking pretty rough.
Adding a coat of stain helped to bring back some of the color.
Then it was up to me to varnish. We used regular semi-gloss polyurethane. I did 2 coats on the storage compartments, 4 coats on the side pieces not being walked on and 5 coats on the steps themselves. Of course I sanded and used tack cloth between coats as well. Having never used tack cloth before I didn't expect it to be so tacky. I had to wash my hands a couple times to get all the gook off after using them, nasty!
|Tack cloth and 200 grit sandpaper|
We're not quite sure how slippery the stairs will be when we get back to using them on the boat so we may need to put grip strips or something down to keep ourselves and our guests from falling on our faces. Since Lexie doesn't use the stairs on her own we don't have to worry about her at least...unless we slip and drop her in the process of getting her up or down. That could be bad.
These should hold up for a while. I hope.
One winter project done, a lot to go.
I'm also getting real dishes for the boat for my birthday. Yay! No more plastic plates and we won't have to eat out of plastic ziplock bowls anymore. We're really moving up in this world. This also means we need to devise a plan to securely store non-plastic dishes in the boat. Any ideas? Bueller...Bueller...Bueller...