November 21, 2016
The minor keel repair work was complete, and I water-washed and lightly sanded the epoxy coating that I’d applied last time, then applied some bottom paint to cover.
Before beginning the work in the cabin, I removed the two lamps from the forward bulkheads.
The existing condition of the old varnish on the trim and bulkheads was poor enough that stripping would be required before refinishing the areas that would be varnished anew; areas to be painted wouldn’t require as much prep work or stripping, but the old finish was uneven and drippy in places (it looked like someone might have even used Cetol over it in some areas?), and all in all there’d be ample prepwork throughout the cabin.
With a heat gun and scraper, I worked through the day to strip the old finish from those areas requiring it on the port side: trim; handrails; main bulkheads that would be refinished with varnish. The underlying wood and veneer was in good condition, and with sanding would be ready for varnish.
The lower settee bulkheads and areas around the nav table were to be painted, and I’d prepare those areas with sanding later, at the same time I sanded the now-stripped trim. I’d continue with the preparations on the starboard side next time.
Total time billed on this job today: 6.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation:
32°, light snow and a dusting. Forecast for the day: clouds, showers, 40.