Have any brushed stainless on your boat? On Eolian, our stove is brushed stainless. This finish is produced in the factory by sanding the metal surface. The thing is, stainless is hard, but not so hard that use, and more importantly cleaning attempts, can scratch it, ruining that beautiful, uniform appearance. On our stove, [...]
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It’s springtime! That means it’s time for a ritual here on Eolian: the semi-annual changing of the zinc (we only have the one – a D-sized prop nut zinc). Brrrrr… Puget Sound has not yet begun to warm up… But that doesn’t matter. When I stand on the far edge of the finger pier, I [...]
This morning we reached the end of a two-year long project. It started in June of 2011 with the removal of the fuel daytank. Back then, you might have thought that the tank was the project – but it was only the first phase of the larger project… Repairing the Leaking Port Fuel Tank Because [...]
It’s a question that must be asked: Is it better to clean? Or is it better to paint? Or both? When the subject is a compartment that has mildew deeply embedded in a rough fiberglass surface, the answer is clear, and empirically proven: Paint. The compartment above is against the hull. That is, the back [...]
The weather in the Pacific Northwest has become eerily pleasant. The big yellow warm thing has been out more than twice in a single month and if I were a superstitious man, I would worry that the gods want to fry us up with a little butter and garlic. But I am not a superstitious man, and so I have gone sailing not once, but twice in the month of March.
“Nice overcast morning; perfect for varnishing [Cetol]” Wayne said. “Looking all around… no rain. I’ll go for it!”And so he did. It took only an hour for him to lay down the 2nd the 3 prescribed coats on the teak in our cockpit. We’d already removed the blistering varnish with a heat gun and sanding, [...]