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April 27, 2017


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After a slight delivery delay, I was ready to get to work on some basic maintenance on this owner’s next small boat:  a Doughdish, which is the fiberglass version of everyone’s favorite daysailer, the Herreshoff 12-1/2.  My task list was small, mainly maintenance coats of varnish.  The existing brightwork was in good condition, as it’d been redone only a year ago and mainly kept under cover, but as any varnish owner should do, the owner wanted to ensure long life by having me do a couple maintenance coats before the season.

With the existing coating in such good condition, preparation for the new coats of varnish was straightforward, just a light sanding everywhere with 320 grit.

Afterwards, I vacuumed, solvent-washed, then masked off around the brightwork as necessary.

Finally, I applied the first of two coats of fresh varnish everywhere.

Total time billed on this job today:  4.25 hours

0600 Weather Observation:
45°, clouds and fog.  Forecast for the day:  clouds and fog, drizzle, touch of sun, around 60