My wife and I have been restoring our 1977 Islander for the last few months. And though there is still LOTS of work to do, I feel like we are almost to a landmark moment in the process. We have hauled out, repaired and repainted the bottom and freeboard. We have sanded and sanded and sanded nearly everything else. Unstepped the mast
and took it down to bare aluminum
before refinishing it, refitting it with shiny steel rigging
and stepping it again.
Window replacement, portlight replacement, hatch
cover rebuilt. I think the only thing topside we haven't messed with yet is the helm
Now all that to say this... I think I'm starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel. All the parts
are in place and with a few rain free days we might be able to get the topsides repainted and the teak
oiled, and finally the new windows put in, and the topsides will be complete! Hallelujah! It seems so close, and yet so far away at the same time, and of coarse, there could be a proverbial train coming at us too. Here's to hoping for the best ;-)
It's been a long day, just thought I would share with the folks...