Sunday, April 20, 2014

More Poly And Some Cetol

Wow! What a gorgeous weekend!! I think it's safe to say that Spring has finally sprung. This was especially noticeable when I got to the boat on Saturday and our little alley of boats was jammed with at least 7 or 8 other cars, the last few weekends there was maybe a car or two there intermittently, nothing like this weekend. It was nice to see other people excited about getting their boats ready for the water and hear the friendly banter of people out enjoying the nice, sunny weather.
Nice day with some company in the yard
 I first tackled the project of cleaning the companionway trim, I got out my bucket, scrub brush and Soft Scrub and went to work. Boy, if I thought the cabin floor was dirty the trim was an epic disaster. It could have gone a little better if I'd remembered the old toothbrush for the nooks and crannies but overall I'm really happy with how it turned out. I would have never thought that dirty, stained, beat-up wood would polish up as good as it did!
 While waiting for the trim and traveler to dry I went around the boat and sanded down areas of the toe rail that had been rubbed by lines or otherwise dinged. The previous owners had applied Cetol Marine Natural Teak and Cetol Marine Gloss right before we bought the boat so the vast majority is in great shape. Depending on who you ask, the general recommended maintenance includes a coat or two of gloss done every 1-2 years. We didn't do anything to it this last summer and now that we're fixing some areas we'll do those maintenance coats sometime this summer.
Bare spots from lines and more evidence of the slop-job on the Cetol
We also recently ordered something to help prevent this wear and tear - stay tuned for that report
After a little sanding
Of course I couldn't leave without adding a second coat of poly
 This time, however, I didn't just stop with a coat on the floor. I also sanded down the edges of the counter in the galley and the interior trim around the companionway so I could add a much needed coat of poly. Actually, these areas probably should have been stripped and cleaned like the rest, but this will have to do for now.
I'm not even going to tell you how many times I stuck my hands
and my hair in wet poly and Cetol
After sanding
One coat of poly, more to do....of course
When the companionway trim was dried it got a coat of Natural Teak. LOVING the color.

 I read somewhere about someone sanding and patching their Cetol Marine-covered exterior wood and they recommended using foam brushes. I usually hate those things but liked the idea that I could just throw them out when I was done. So I bought some and used the smallest brush. It took a little getting used to not having a good workable edge on the brush, instead of being able to edge something in long strokes I had to pretty much jam the brush into the corner and dab until all the wood took some of the stain. It's a good thing that the blue tape was still on, the back and sides of the traveler were a little messy...but the foam brushes worked.
Now I can kind of understand how the previous owners got Cetol all over the place (like on the cleat) 
Frames back on the hatches
These ongoing projects are not satisfying my need to cross stuff off my lists, we need to get crackin'. Actually, we need the trusty Captain to get home first so then we can get crackin'. And we need to just make a decision on the new Hullabaloo decal design already. Seriously.