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DAY 2 and 3 October 27, 2008

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.

Yesterday after the rigger looked at the chain plate, he and his crew lowered the main roller furling and laid it on Saw horses in order to replace the stay and install StayLoc connectors on each end. Today they are to replace the whisker stays and an end on the mizzen spreader.

My main man says that since we are not replacing the chain plate, he can finish up a day early. This can not be. This is unheard of in all the annuals of marine work. You never finish early. One could save money in yard fees. Oh hallelujah!!!! They started sanding hard on the bottom.

I am so overjoyed, I commit to renewing the polyurethane in the saloon. The main finish is a satin polyurethane with the trim in a bright polyurethane. I want to put a new coat on the satin. The trim still has a lot of luster and can be done another year. This is a major job with all sanding to be done in 1 day and applying the new coat the next morning with reinstallation that afternoon. Then we will be ready to splash the next morning. There are 8 drawers 7 sliding panels and 7 cabinet doors to be removed and refinished. I did it. Yes indeed I did it. Two long hard days, but it really looks better and well worth the work.

While reassembling the saloon, my main man started install of the Grounding plates. I helped from the inside tightening the bolts. As with everything on this boat, the hull turned out to be a lot thicker than anyone would have imagined. To get washers and all to fit flat, there was some grinding to give a level surface to get the proper seal. After he bolted everything tight, I installed the copper grounding strap. All the work went well and the SSB functions very fine.


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