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tired of cleaning my teak
A ''72 Bristol huh? Wonderful! My B-40 was built in 1972 also. That must make us sort of bros-in-years or something. We got ours in late ''94 and spent the next 4-5 years redoing her. If you''re interested I put some pics on www.picturetrail.com under the member name jacobsladder and in the album entitled Willow. I''m new at computer stuff so forgive the unprofessional errors there.
OK, I''m convinced. Tomorrow I''m heading to the nearest West Marine candy store to procure a ration of Cetol. Perhaps it was the comment from Bobola in addition to your messages that have finally shaken me into this century but regardless I must give it a try. Several years ago I flew out to San Diego to help a friend apply numerous coats of varnish, and I do mean numerous coats, to his brightwork before he brought his boat through the canal and up to the Tampa Bay area. I returned to FL and kept in contact with him via email (Inmarsat C). Some time into his trip we got an email from him that he needed a large supply of fuel filters, another long story, so my wife and I got the filters, jumped aboard a commercial flight and met him in Acapluco to deliver the filters. When we boarded his boat we were in disbelief at what had happened to the varnish. He said most of it had been eaten away by the seas and wind blown salt spray. It was truly an eye-opener to me since I''d never experienced what that type of environment can do to a meticulously applied varnish job. I pride myself on my varnish work but I was shocked at what was left after only a few weeks he had spent sailing from San Diego to Acapulco. Of course one doesn''t encounter that sort of torture coastwise sailing around FL and the Keys as I have spent my sailing life. That said varnish in the type sailing we do is still a time consumming chore. The rewards are nice but as Bobola so aptly put it, "Sailboats are made for sailing." Maybe it''s time that I get back to sailing and if Cetol can get me more time on the water then I may just have to, as you say, "get used to the look." Needless to say I have the scrapers and files and sandpaper galore and I''m not so stubborn that I won''t try something new if it''ll buy me more time at sea with my wife and my dog. Well, OK maybe I am little too stubborn...but I''m trying.