Big Milestone Yesterday

Yesterday I washed the boat.  I knew water was getting into the boat but I wasn’t sure where so I washed the boat with my friend Ryan inside to check all the hardware to make sure I had sealed it up correctly and to find the leak.  Turns out the leak was where I’d removed the rub rail on the outside, the screw holes were leaking.  All the hardware I had bedded with butyl tape had no leaks and I am super stoked to find that out.  I’ll patch those holes in the side and then start putting interior pieces back in and wire the boat.


I got some new varnish to try.  I’m usually an Epifanes man but with it taking 1 day or more to dry per coat and at $50 a quart I had to try something else.  TotalBoat has been advertising their “Lust” varnish for a while, saying you can recoat in an hour, promising high build and good gloss and it’s all true.  This varnish is amazing, as you can see for yourself.


Starboard side sanded.

Finally got to the point that I could work on the interior woodwork.  This is after stripping all the varnish and sanding in preparation for new varnish.



I’ve started varnishing but don’t have pics of that yet.

Windows and some headliner installed

Because the windows sandwich headliner on the interior of the boat I had to get that glued in before I put the windows back in… and I needed the windows back in so the boat was weatherproof before winter.  I was extremely nervous gluing the headliner back in.  It goes on with contact cement so you get one shot to get it right or else you have to tear it out and wire brush the foam off and clean it all with acetone again before the next shot.  Help from Lorena and Ryan made this an easy job with no mistakes.  It turned out great.


Through-hulls installed. 

The through-hulls that were originally in the boat were gate valves, a big  no-no on a sailboat so they had to be replaced.   The big one is the exhaust.  The Yanmar exhaust is 2″, while the Volvo was 1.5″ (of course) so that had to be swapped out for a bigger one.


Deck hardware progress. 

Started putting the deck hardware back on.  When I originally painted the deck this summer I foolishly thought I could get it painted and the hardware back on in one week.  HA!!  It’s been a couple of months of fitting and epoxy work to get here but it’s looking good.  If you click that image below you can zoom in and see how I modified the bow pulpit.