Fresh Decks

posted in: Maintenance | 0

There have been some stretches of warm dry weather on the West Coast in the last two months. Thanks to this the forward and aft decks have received new paint. We used a polyurethane topside and deck enamel. Areas that … Continued

Shakedown Cruise

posted in: Maintenance | 0

Well here’s why they call it a shakedown cruise. Systems need to be tested after long periods of inaction or after upgrades/maintenance. We took Island Song on a shakedown cruise to Sucia Island. Just after turning to enter Echo Bay … Continued

Fixing leaky spots

posted in: Maintenance | 0

Fiberglass repair, fixing leaky spots, fixing delamination … it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Well thank goodness for the ongoing nice weather here on the West Coast. It gave me the chance to fix some major leaks. The big … Continued

Forward Cabin Renovation

posted in: Maintenance | 0

Island Song’s forward cabin had a 40-year old hull liner that was moldy, falling off in places, and generally yucky. In the boating community the material is nicked-named “mouse fur” because of its appearance and usefulness. After Jeff tore out … Continued

My Father’s Kneepads

posted in: Maintenance | 0

My Dad wore kneepads for various tasks around the house and in the garden. Simple things that you tie around your legs to protect and cushion your knees. Dad gave me a big green square kneepad to take to Alabama … Continued

First Coat

posted in: Maintenance | 0

Woo! The first coat of anti-fouling is on. My arm feels like it’s going to fall off. The lapstrake hull is a lot more work than a smooth hull. Today Jeff helped and did the roller while I followed with … Continued

Primer

posted in: Maintenance | 0

Well after two blister repairs and lots of prep, the primer went on today. We don’t know what type of paint the previous owner put on her. We could either strip her down to the gelcoat, or do a heavy sanding, or … Continued

Haul-out

posted in: Maintenance | 0

Time to haul her out and put some fresh anti-fouling paint on her bottom 😉 Lots of work planned in the next couple of days! We’ve got a big list; anti-fouling, check a thru-hull, zincs, knot meter, packing gland, clean the … Continued