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Date Posted: - Sunday - 02/12/12 - 2:38pm
Author: Paul M31 #106 NJ
Subject: Beat up
In reply to: Randall, Murre, M31 's message, "Cuddy (i.e. small dodger) over the companionway hatch" on - Thursday - 02/ 9/12 - 9:42am

Looking at the pictures it is amazing how much abuse the bright work, stainless and even the topsides took, I guess from water, salt and sun.

Were you at all surprised of the extent of failure of the finishes?

If you dont mind being asked, what brand varnish did you apply on the brightwork, what method and how many coats?

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[> Brightwork neglect, and yes, sailing solo -- Randall, - Monday - 02/13/12 - 1:09pm

Hey Paul,

Thanks for the compliment. It feels more an undertaking some days than others, more now as I contemplate the next leap into the north Pacific. Yes, this is a solo cruise.

Don't blame the brightwork finishes I used as they are failing more from my neglect than anything. I should have put on a fresh coat in San Francisco before I left in Oct 2010, but ran out of time, and thought, "next port of call I'll do that job", which is what I've been thinking ever since.

All exterior "varnish" is Cetol, which I use more because it's easy than beautiful, and it was already a year old when I departed home. Four coats of Cetol light and one or two of their clear coat on top of that. No sanding between coats, etc. It is a good finish, but like all finishes, it does require care.

I have been a little surprised at how the stainless wears, though. The monitor, for example, now looks ancient and rust covered, even though I buffed it before the crossing up from Bora Bora.

War wounds, I guess.

Take care,


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