Using a toothbrush to get at dirty corners. Vacuuming hatch screens and overheads. Wiping down every accessible surface, including holds and lockers. Marty and I did all of those over the weekend as we spent around 12 hours scouring our boat top to bottom before we move aboard next weekend. OCD? Probably. But that’s how [...]
The rainy, chilly weather over the Memorial Day weekend didn’t bother me. Truthfully, it made me feel better about not being able to take our boat out for the first long weekend of boating season. Meridian, our Passport 40, is currently in a state of chaos as we rush to get a few projects done [...]
Once the Seattle Boat Show ended in early February, it was time for us to shift into boat project mode. After buying our 1985 Passport 40, Meridian, last April, we spent every spring weekend scrambling to get work done so we could move aboard for the summer by the end of June, and then much [...]
There is a point in any major boat project, it seems, when after a crapload of work, you feel you are farther away from finishing the project than ever. So it was with removing the teak decks aboard our 1985 Passport 40, Meridian. I previous wrote about why we chose to remove the overlay decks [...]
It’s one thing to plan for a major project on a boat, but it’s quite another to actually start the work. So it was with removing the teak overlay decks on our 1985 Passport 40 sailboat, Meridian. There is a feeling of anxiety that passes through me right before I take the plunge on a major boat project. It’s that moment right before I am finally and truly committed.
The moment we stepped aboard Meridian the first time, I knew her teak decks needed some serious work. The rain and sleet that was falling at the time didn’t really help matters much, other than making the issues all the more apparent aboard the 1985 Passport 40 sailboat There were a number of screw heads gleaming where the teak bungs should have been (properly put, they were “standing proud,” as I later learned from a shipwright). Then there was the uneven, raised grain on the foredeck and the patches of failing seams. Yup, if we bought this boat, these decks would need some serious work.
Summer always goes too fast in the sun-starved Northwest, but this year it’s whizzing by at a blur. That’s because as soon as we bought our 1985 Passport 40, Meridian, in early April, we were immediately sucked into the boat project vortex. We’ve barely come up for air since. We managed to get out on [...]