Almost there!!!

Hi everybody. It’s been a while since my last post. The reason is I’ve been working like hell trying to get all my work done: on the boat, the house, the yard……… I’ve taken a few days off from work and I still can’t get it all finished. I’m not complaining. I actually love working on the boat. I’m just trying to convey the enormity of it all. Basically, every square inch of surface area both on the inside and outside of the boat needs to be waxed, varnished (cetol’d), washed, teak oiled, and painted. Thats after all the maintenance work for the engine, plumbing, electrical system. AND on top of all that there’s the repair work to the structure of the boat like replacing parts, fixing leaks…… well I think you get it.

I finally finished the hull liner project. Actually, I should say, I finished doing all I’m going to get to this year. I still have a few cabinets to get done. The picture above shows the new vinyl installed in the   forward cabin. As you can see, the shelves are back and it turned out to look really nice. I’m proud of myself for figuring out that whole mess.

In the main cabin, I replaced th hull liner in the shelves. The picture above is the shelf on the port side that I hadn’t got to yet. It’s the “before” look. The picture below is the shelf on the starboard side thats finished. I gotta say, it’s a big improvement. I should also mention how I was able to get the vinyl pieces to all fit. When I ripped out the old, crudy carpeting I was able to keep all the pieces intact. I labeled each piece as I removed it and then used the piece as a template to cut the new vinyl pieces. I’ll tell ya, if my engineering degree was good for only one thing, I’d say it was for teaching me how to solve problems.

I’ve got one more weekend left before the boat is launched next week. I’ve been doing stuff every night to get ready, from buying supplies, to cetoling my cabin floorboards I took home, to washing all the pots, pans, and dishes. Though, this weekend I plan on only working on those things that I directly need to get the boat in the water, like applying the last coat of bottom paint on the prop, to finishing waxing the topsides. I’m getting tired just thinking about it. Janet will be helping me so I think we’ll get it all done.

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