Sunday, April 09, 2006

Ode to Teak

Just got back from a long day at the boat. Slowly waking Gray Jay from her winter hibernation. Everything is in good working order. I did notice that the bottom will need a good clean before I put in the VC-17.

Spent most of the day sanding the teak toerails. Have to admit they are in rough shape. Not horrible but rough. Lots of elbow grease is the answer. Spend 3 hour sanding..(2 people) and managed to get 1/3 of the boat done. With each sanding stroke I kept my mantra..."this WILL look good when it is done". I bow to the strength of the teak wood. The boat has been exposed all winter and most likely three to four winters since it has had any wood treatment on the toerails. The rails had some major grain grooves in them which required an awful lot of sanding to smooth out.

I have never applied Cetol before. Got a kick when I read the back of the can. "rags that are used during application may burst into flames. Ensure that they are soaked in water after use". Hmmm...guess I will be using gloves for application. And a mask! Think I will throw my clothes out after soaking them in water!

Lots to do on the boat. Bottom seems to be the major issue. Looking forward to race season now. It seems much much closer now.


Anonymous Adrift At Sea said...

A lot of those varnishes are a bit flammable. :D

8:23 PM  
Blogger the skip said...

l.o.l. ok...a "bit" would be..."don't place near open flame".

The part about the rags spontaneously igniting without a flame is the part that I find funny. And scary!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

That actually happened a couple of years ago in Rio Arriba County. A guy had been applying an oil finish to his deck, and he left the rags sitting in a bucket next to the deck. The sun shone on the bucket, the rags burst into flame, the deck went up, and then the house.

Ironically, the guy was an insurance agent, and he was attending a party at our local volunteer fire department when the fire broke out!

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