for the Week Ending July 6, 2003
On a pleasant afternoon one
day, with a few hours to spare, I removed remaining bronze deck hardware
from all the sidedeck pieces. As time allows, I'm trying to slowly
dispose of all the deck removal debris, which is still cluttering the yard
near the boat. To be fair to my trash guys, I try to spread out the
big debris over a long period of time.
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more about the hardware removal and deck disposal.
There's still a large pile
of debris, including the entire cockpit and cabin trunk, left to dispose
of at this point. I'm slowly whittling away at it, though, and by
the end of the summer the pile should be gone.
for the Week Ending July 13, 2003
I'm afraid there is no
progress to report for this week.
the Week Ending July 20, 2003
afraid there is no progress to report for this week. (What a
slacker, I. Hey--it's sailing season. Short enough as it is.)
looks like barn construction will start within the next couple
weeks. I can't wait!
for the Week Ending July 27, 2003
a period of two days, I removed a number of trees and otherwise cleared
the bulk of the barn site at the back edge of my property.
more about the site clearing here.
Every boat I've ever had the displeasure of stripping has had red bottom
paint; I don't like red bottom paint to begin with, and sanding it only
adds to the unpleasantness.
a relatively short 3-hour period on Tuesday, I managed to get nearly all
the old red bottom paint off the hull, using a specialty paint-stripping tool and
my trusty 8" grinder with a soft pad and sticky-back adhesive discs
(40 grit). I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I got the bulk of
the paint off the bottom; the job was nowhere near as bad as I had
anticipated. And during the next two days, I used my 5" Porter
Cable to sand off the remaining paint residue on both sides, completing
the stripping job. Final smoothing/sanding will occur later; for
now, the bottom is sanded only to 40 grit.
more about the bottom stripping here.