I should confess that my boat has more then a little teak on the outside, including the cap rails, cockpit
covings, five hatches, dorade boxes, etc, etc.. While I love the look of fresh varnished teak, I am FAR less enamored with sanding
and varnishing. Plus good varnish
costs a small fortune, least wise to me.
Being a poor sailor, last year, I purchased a can of exterior acrylic
and painted most of the exterior wood. In pink of course... One $12 quart of paint
from the big box hardware
store is good for the cap rails. Its been holding up pretty good and best of all comes in a rainbow of colors. A gallon of paint
is only $30 or so and good for many years of coverage. Without all that sanding
, scraping, cleaning
I also painted the old sacrificial insignia cloth I was using on my jib
that was getting long in the tooth. I did that a few years ago, and it too has held up well. I do need to touch that up in a few places this year, on the jib
, but it works rather well all in all. Much cheaper then sewing new sacrificial cloth on the jib. I had read where experimental aircraft folks paint the dacron cloth used on wings. Being a cheap
sailor, I though, hey I can do that too.
Added bonus, the boat is color coordinated too in a two tone color scheme , all for about $50 in paint. That's how this shoestring sailor saves money
. Not to mention all the time I save not having to varnish
, etc. Plus paint lasts for years and years. Big win...