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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

I take care of my own teak on a Crealock 37.

Last year stripped down most all of the external woodwork and laid in 10 coats of Epifanes. Took awhile but it looks great now.

One of the recommendations made by Rebecca Wittman in her excellent book "Brightwork, The Art of Finishing Wood" is that once you restored the brightwork is too cover it with a boat tent. Suggests the maintenance of the varnish can then be reduced to a once per year project of light sanding and 3 coats.

Have not built a tent but currently in the process of building covers made of Sunbrella for all the brightwork.

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Back when I was more interested in and owned classic boats, by Dad and I owned a 1939 Stadel Cutter. The old girl was loaded with varnish. We basically set aside roughly a day a month to maintain her. That was all maintenance except the work more properly done during haul out. We could typically get by with 2 to 3 coats of varnish a year (and remember this was Florida) and could typically apply each coat on a little more than a day.

But we had it down to a science. Take the mast for example, sand the mast on the way up, tack the mast and spot sand holidays on the way down. Vaccuum or change your clothes while on deck. Final mast wipe on the way up, and apply the varnish on the way down. The horizontals at the head of the mast and tthe op of the spreaders were painted with white enamel.

And while I was doing the mast, my dad would be sanding the varnish on deck. I would help with that when I was on deck before de-dusting for the coat on the mast. The rules were that varnished needed to be applied at least 3 hours before sunset to avoid the dew, so you get the picture. It was rare that we had to apply varnish the next day but it was more likely to happen in fall than spring.
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I have a special rate, just for you - $250/hr

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