Masthead Light

The past two days I’ve been slowly and carefully grinding away the outer fiberglass skin of the keel in order to dry it out, fair, fill and re-skin it. It’s slow going and very dusty. Luckily my new respirator arrived in time and my protective wear has been upgraded. I took a break from grinding today to install the new …

Deck Work

Just a few pics of the deck with a bit more junk removed.Ā I primarily took these so I could refer to them as I plan how to strip the old paint off the deck and re-paint her. As you can see, she suffers from a lack of winches šŸ˜› Facebook Comments

Suited Up

Scraping, sanding and grinding off old bottom paint, fibreglass and lead means dealing with a lot of toxins. It’s important to wear appropriate protection.Ā Fibreglass dust consists of tiny glass particles that get into your skin and really itch! I recommend a Tyvek suit, dual respirator and sealing goggles. My new respirator and goggles are on back order, so for now …

Searching for Even Keel

The plan for today was to try and finish scraping and sanding the hull. That didn’t happen. Instead I spent the entire day investigating the deepening mysteries of the keel. I woke up at 4:00 am and couldn’t get to sleep again, so I headed down to the boat early. I figured the Marina might open early on the weekend. …

View From the Top

Today I tried to finish scraping and sanding the hull. I got as far as the keel: Unfortunately, I discovered a lot of blisters on the keel, so the next step there will the to carefully open up and inspect each one, as well as crack the epoxy seals off the keel bolts inside the boat and inspect them for …

Okinawa Naha to Kerama Islands

As mentioned before, the final deciding factor in getting this boat was the great trip we had down in Okinawa. Mom and Dad came over from Canada and we met in Naha, rented a Yamaha 30 in Itoman, and sailed to Zamami and the Kerama Islands and back again. It was 8 days sailing in total, and just an incredible …

More Junk Removed

Yesterday I was able to get quite a lot of work done. I stripped out many of the previous owners modifications, most of which had been done poorly andĀ added no value. One such modification which was an especially troubling eyesore was a pipe and canvas canopy haywired together over the cockpit. You can see the frame in these external pics: …

Super Scraper

Today I finally had time to give my new scraper a try. Last week I purchased a Red Devil carbide pull type scraper on Amazon.com, and I have to say I’m thrilled with it! It’s incredibly sharp, and using two hands it shaves the old bottom paint of just like a razor. It’s important to use two hands to steady …

Aft Cabin

Today I made some progress! Finally finished cleaning out the entire cabin, scrubbing every corner and getting to know the inside of the boat. Now I’m done with water inside the boat and she can start drying out properly. I was pleasantly surprised to see how big the aft cabin is. Well, technically two quarter berths connected into one large …

Fuel & Water Tanks

Today I cleaned the saloon further, using Simple Green on all the gelcoat and wood and bathroom mildew killer spray that contains mild bleach on the headliner. It cleaned up pretty well and is starting to feel habitable. I also cleaned the bilge further to inspect the mast step, keel bolts and soft waterlogged starboard aft side of the bilge. …