October 26, 2021
Skeedeen Phase 7-1
Easing back into the routine after summer break, I got started early in the week by getting things back into order around the shop, clearing out temporary storage and other projects to make room for boats again. With this done, and after a preliminary meeting with Jason, my canvas subcontractor, to discuss the immediately-upcoming role he’d play in a couple of the several canvas projects lined up here for the winter, I elected to move Skeedeen, which had been delivered some weeks previously, into the shop for Jason’s convenience in patterning a new canvas enclosure for the helm area, as well as to get going on my own standard mostly-seasonal maintenance work on the brightwork. With what appeared to be a break in the rain (it wasn’t), I jumped at the opportunity to get her indoors so Jason could get to work, and before the even worse rain arrived over the next several days. The boat was blocked a little low for my trailer, and I had to make some adjustments before I could load the boat.
The next day, I got started by installing the old canvas top on the frame for reference. This top was over 10 years old and had held up fairly well, but was overdue for replacement. These photos are for general reference only. I hadn’t seen the canvas in some time and was amazed how faded the original color had become.
Meanwhile, preparing for the brightwork maintenance work ahead, I removed all the pieces I could, including the companionway hatches and cockpit trim. Later, once the initial work on the new canvas enclosure was complete, I’d continue and remove the hardware from the windshield.
Total time billed on this job today: 2.5 hours (over both days)
Tuesday 0600 Weather Observation: Cloudy with showers, 43°. Forecast for the day: Rain, 50°