I can see I ought to get some pictures up on here, but for the meantime suffice to say that I am deep in the rigors of scraping, sanding, priming, sanding, painting, and repeat ad nauseum that wooden boat annual maintenance entails. This year I have additionally refinished the 8,000lbs cast iron ballast keel, spending days with a grinder and 16 grit, followed by sandblasting and a few coats of coal tar epoxy and finally bottom paint. I will now drill and tap some holes to add zincs to the boat to help alleviate the effects of galvanic corrosion. Also I replaced a section of the rail on the boat, and pulled out the fuel tank to do some work behind it. Now I am getting ready to reinstall it after I build a few more coats of paint there and elsewhere. It would be really nice to have a few more days above 50 so paint will dry. That'll happen and in the meanwhile I can sand the interior floor, what we sailors call the sole. So now I get to refinish my soul, I mean, er, sole. I also am refinishing the mast, which stayed in the boat last winter while she was in the water, but everything is here at home, out in the dooryard in a homemade crude building around the boat. I guess I better get back out there and put in a few more hours before Wednesday comes and I'll have to pick my daughter up from school, and hope to get more done this weekend. She's a big help, but not the best helper for painting and sanding, I can't get a respirator small enough! More soon, Capt D
Captain Daniel Bennett rebuilt Bufflehead, maintains and sails her, sharing the experiences and the delights of sailing her with all who come aboard, and maybe here with others too.