Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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There's the way I would like my boat to look and there is the way my boat really does look.
I would prefer to have gleaming varnished handrails, toe rails, and teak trim. The reality is that this year I spent an hour cleaning, lightening, and oiling the teak. Does it look at nice as varnish - heck no. But, it is good enough for me to look at my boat without feeling like I am letting the old girl down.
Same thing with the topsides - I would love to have a 'Mainsail type' wax job. But, a BarryL Poliglow finish, that takes me 8 hours start to finish is good enough.
I am willing to compromise when it comes to cosmetic stuff. I am less willing (like a whole lot less) when it comes to safety. If I see gear that 'may' be good enough for another season, I usually replace it now.
When I work on the boat my biggest problem is 'scope creep.' You know like when you start one project and that leads to another and another and so on. Like over the winter I had to replace my raw water pump. Well, since the water pump was out I might as well l remove the heat exchanger and get that boiled out and since the HX was out I should change the coolant and since I spilled some I might as well scrub the engine compartment around there and since that looked nice and clean I might as well ......
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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