I have been posting
some comments on different threads but have never introduced myself to the members of Cruisers Forum.
I live in a beautiful place in Maine
. It is a stunning place to sail and explore. The only shortcoming is the limited season which for me runs from mid May to late September. Many other sailors get their boats in around the 1st of July and take it out Labor Day.
I have been restoring my vessel to her original glory. This is my third winter of working on her. Fortunately, she is sitting warm and dry in a large storage
building less than a mile from my cottage.
So far I have stripped her bottom back to glass, did a first class epoxy
barrier coat. It was a LOT of work but it looks great. All thru hulls were also removed and rebonded.
I also sanded all the interior teak
and put three new coats of Epiphanes to bring her back to life. All lockers were also sanded, cleaned and repainted.
was lifeless, so last year I sanded it down and repainted the hull
Perfection using a roll and tip method. It took three tries to get it right but now she looks "almost" as good as a professional paint
job. It cost me about $500. to do it, vs, the $7500. estimate to have it done.
All the exterior wood was severely checked by weather
and neglect. Fortunately, the wood is quite thick so I was able to sand it down until all the wood was smooth again.
This winter I'm doing some interior
changes by adding more cabinets and changing the fixed table into a bulk head
unit. I'm not a woodworker so progress comes slow. I am also converting my stove from Kero to propane
. And lastly, I've mounted a Dickinson
I am anxious about launching her this May and she will not come out of the water
in September as our plans will be to head south to warmer climates.
Hope we get to meet some of you in our travels.
Westsail 32 hull