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Date Posted: - Monday - 02/13/12 - 1:09pm
Author: Randall
Subject: Brightwork neglect, and yes, sailing solo
In reply to: Randall, Murre, M31 's message, "Cuddy (i.e. small dodger) over the companionway hatch" on - Thursday - 02/ 9/12 - 9:42am

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,

RR

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[> Envy -- Paul M31 #106 NJ, - Tuesday - 02/14/12 - 8:32am

What a wonderful experience this must be. Wish I had the luxury of affording to take the time off from work to do something similar while my body still allows me to do so. This morning it took my back about an hour to stop sending twitching and cramping signals down my leg and I wondered if I would ever take on a trip like you are on, knowing that this could happen, or worse, while at sea.

From what I have read, it seems you have not (yet) encountered real stormy conditions, other than brisk winds and/or heavy downpours. On the one end I wish you did, so you could write about the experience, but on the other end I hope you don't and arrive back here safe and sound.

It will be quite a change - once you are back - to re-settle for day trips and the occasional coastal venture. I remember when I had my small daysailer it was always an adjustment to go back to the lake after spending a week on the Chesapeake,,,

Best of luck to you, Randall, and thatnks so much for letting us travel along in spirit.


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