Still nameless, the boat got a lot closer to the expedition and adventure this week. (see also Everglades Challenge)
They say if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. And it seems to be true in this second act of my favorite skipper's working life: he trots off early to get to cracking on the boat, and returns tired and filthy and full of enthusiasm at the end of the day.
In the past week or so, the boat got decked (which is more like patio decking, than, say, round-housed-by-an-angry-bar-patron decking, for those interested in words).
The decking -–– raw, slender okume plywood –– wouldn't last a weekend outdoors without protection against the weather.
Then came the reinforcements. Not just Brent B. and brother Johnny who lent a hand along the way, but also the structural reinforcements. The points where the chainplates attach to the hull got an extra few layers of fiberglass, as did the centerboard trunk and the mast-step.
The spots where the hiking racks and the two rudders (two! rudders!) will attach to the hull also received some additional material.
This process was followed by a close shave –– the tool of choice being a single-edged razor –– to remove any excess resinated material, and then an aromatherap exfoliating scrub. That is, a dusty sandpapering.
Next up: make-up!
I mean paint.
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