So here's my story. . .
A couple of years ago I became fascinated with the idea of sailing. So much so, that I developed this grandiose idea of saving up, buying my own boat, and spending several years cruising up and down the east coast with my wife with no agenda at all.
So I begin to read a lot about sailing and eventually begin browsing this forum. I come to understand that the best way to learn about sailing (without having to pay for lessons) is to volunteer to crew at races. So I find a racing association at nearby Smith Mountain Lake and shoot them an email. In less than 24 hours I get a response from a gentleman who only lives a few minutes from my house. "You're welcome to sail with my son and me. We just bought a Cal 25 and are new sailors."
I crew with my new friend at several regattas, mostly serving as rail meat, still not entirely sure that I know what I'm doing. But that's okay, I'm having fun. I mention to him my plans for owning a boat someday and he says he'll help me find something even though I'm not sure I can afford one now.
One day my phone rings and my wife answers and says it's for me.
"Who is it?"
"I don't know."
The voice on the other end asks if I am who I am, and I confirm.
"So I hear you're looking for a boat."
"I would love one, but I don't think I can afford one right now."
"Well, I'll make you an offer you can't refuse . . . free."
So I go down to check out the boat, a '69 Bristol 22, and there's nothing wrong with it at all. Turns out the guy has a new boat and has been trying to sell this one for years to no avail. I sail with him a few time to get the hang of it and now comes the fun part: touching it up so it looks as good as it sails.
I am by no means a handyman, but I"m willing to learn and work to do whatever needs to be done. I'm hoping some of the SailNet members can make some recommendations for me.
some shots of the V-berth I'd like to touch up
what would be the best way to approach this? Sand it down and go over it with some polyurethane?
I also need to touch up the cockpit a little. These screws keep coming out. Should I remove the teak, fill the screw holes in with some epoxy, and screw it back in again?