Went in the water today. Many projects to work on before our trip to Mystic in july but being in the water doing them means all is right with the world again..**:**)
I went in the water 2 weeks ago, but I'd asked the rigger to look over my rig and he found some fairly major problems that were just resolved yesterday. The sailmaker is probably aboard, bending on the new sails as I write this. I'll be going down tonight or early in the AM, so see how she looks. I still have a lot of small projects I'd hoped to have done by now but nothing that will keep us from using the boat.
I guess the first few years with a new used boat are like this until you get her set up like you want.
Dwayne Speer mentionned the test in Practical Sailor.
Before I can get wet, I have to refinish my brightwork. Would anybody know where I can find the results of this 6 month test?
Practical Sailor just published their results from a 6 month test of lots of oils and varnishes on deck. Surprisingly, one of the best was Ace Hardware Gloss Spar Varnish and, of course, it's a lot less expensive that stuff you get at a marine store. AND a great advantage for many of us is that multiple coats can be applied over a weekend as the recoat time is only 4 hours.
Yes, it certainly has, and I'm just holding my breath the pattern will break for the weekend. We're in the water and ready to go for our first overnighter and have guests planning to come down to spend Friday and Saturday nights with us.Due to a small weather delay (it's been monsoon season here on the Chesapeake this last week), I splash on Friday!