Item posted: Monday 2nd April , 2012
Time to paint the decks
Column #4 � by jelly
Maintenance: it�s definitely not my middle name, especially when patience and preparation are involved. I�m happy to jump straight in to something and give it a go, but if I don�t really know what I�m doing, I�ll soon become frustrated and wander off � or, more likely, just start something else instead.
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This makes maintenance a bit of a challenge for me. Generally, I�ll rope my dad in to help (and then he ends up doing all of the work). But it�s also frustrating having to rely on other people to get things done.
So, the other day, I took maintenance matters into my own hands.
With spring here and summer fast approaching, lots of my friends have begun hinting that they might quite like, one fine sunny afternoon, to visit my boat and partake in a few refreshing beverages outside on the poop deck. I politely inform them that I don�t have a poop deck, so the cockpit will do instead.
But this is where our fine plan comes unstuck.
The cockpit will not do. It is a mess! And I don�t mean it is full of accumulated �stuff�, as one frequently sees on liveaboard vessels � no, there is no clutter on my boat. But what I do mean is that the cockpit sole is in desperate need of a fresh lick of paint. Well, that�s putting it politely. Poor Miley really needs her decks painted. There are chips from dropped winch handles, small scratches from Bosun�s scrambling paws, blobs of varnish from brightwork, and gaps where masking tape has taken the paint with it.
So, the other day, I went to the chandlers and bought some International non-slip deck paint. A beautifully sunny and breezy day, I planned to go sailing with a friend on his boat in the afternoon. Perfect � that would give me the morning to paint the decks and leave them to dry whilst I was out. My friend even came over in the morning to help.
But even with that extra motivation, after an hour of sanding, we�d had enough. We downed our sandpaper, hosed the decks, and jumped aboard �La Maja� for a beautiful day sail.
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So, now Miley�s decks look even worse, because they are all sanded back � which is brilliant motivation to crack on with the painting the next time the sun�s out, and there�s no wind for sailing!
What paint do you use on your decks?
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