March 18, 2020
August West 6
Next on the agenda were the toerails, which required stripping and sanding to match the other woodwork on deck. As elsewhere, the toerails featured a largely-failed coating of old varnish or other semi-clear product, interspersed with bare and weathered areas.
Starting at the bow, I worked down the starboard side, and, eventually, around the transom and back up the port side, removing the old finish from the myriad surfaces comprising the toerail and rubrail assembly.
Taking a short break from the toerails, I made final preparations to the sea hood, then applied a coat of white primer to the outside surfaces.
Through the remains of the day, I hand-sanded the starboard toerail, working through 80-120 grits from bow to stern, which cleaned up and smoothed the wood. I’d continue the sanding with the taffrail and port side next time.
Total time billed on this job today: 6.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 30°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 44°