Thursday, February 2, 2012


Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 25º43.533N | 80º84.321W

Rain is looming. After almost two months in Miami with indisputably the best weather possible, now rain threatens just when we're prepared to start varnishing. I must have a big sign on my back that says, "TEAK GODS, KICK ME!"

We did a final few rounds of sanding, up to 150 grit, and then bought miles of blue tape. To thoroughly protect the boat from us and our varnish, we taped all the way around the boat under the outside of the toe rail -- from the dinghy. Then we did two more rounds around the boat on the stainless steel rub rail -- also from the dinghy. Then, we got back on the boat. One round on the fiberglass on deck, next to the toe rail. THEN, all the way around wrapping each of the 593 fittings screwed into the rail. Okay, it's not 593, but still.

Who thinks up this marine torture?

So, now that we've sanded, taped and prepped, we're are finally prepared to paint on some frickin' varnish. Please don't rain. Please don't rain.

Our weapon of choice: Sikkens Cetol Natural Teak. If you ever want to start a big, heated discussion amongst sailboaters, just ask, what's better, varnish or Cetol? Hoo boy. Folks can go on about it. In the end, you have to choose a one or the other chute straight to hell. On our last boat, we chose the varnish route. This time, we'll be arriving in Hades with Cetol.

Do you think they do manicures there?

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