Well, I'm learning a lot from everyone here.
I realize there has been a miscommunication here between me and some responding members, namely bljones, mitiempo, and maybe Barquito.
When I was talking about painting the "sides", it looks like this word means deck and cabin to many, and I didn't realize that may be how the word is commonly used. I was referring to the topsides, the freeboard between top of bootstripe and the deck gunwale.
The reason I have this divided out in my mind is that I'm figuring that working on vertical sides and bottom has to be done in the yard so I don't contaminate the water at the marina, whereas I think I could do the deck and cabin at the marina if I stay clean, have dust vacuums and good plastic sheeting, etc. , only do a little at a time, and stay considerate to neighbors and dockmaster.
On a completely separate note, I walked through the yard today. See my blog at EY.o Information Exchange - Recent Blogs Posts - Blogs
. There are 6 completely burned out boats from a major fire we had Mon night 3/22.
There is also a guy completely restoring a Ranger 33. Looks great with new LP paint on freeboard.
Also learned from the Ericson owners that I will have to drop the rudder.
If all this gets to be too much, I'll just do the mechanical stuff and do painting another time. Really love all your comments. Feel like I'm getting educated a mile a minute.