Blue Turtle Cruising

Summer boat projects abound

I haven’t posted in a few weeks, mainly because I’ve been caught up in several small boat projects. One of the projects I started a couple of weeks ago, is refinishing our wooden name boards. They are currently at the sign company getting their new lettering and once done, I will apply 3 more coats of varnish. I’ll do a follow up post about this whole process.

My freshly painted bathroom
My freshly painted bathroom

Other than my lessons in varnishing,  I’ve patched holes and painted the aft cabin bathroom. I have to say that this was more difficult than I thought it would be. Besides the space being rather small and tight, things were also moving. Try standing on a step stool in a rocking boat while keeping a straight trim line!

I also had a marine carpenter come out to discuss some upcoming projects on the boat’s interior. We have a couple of places inside where we had to cut the wood or remove some of it to fit a refrigerator and convection microwave. Now that the appliances fit in their space, we just need to have the trim finished up around them. We also plan to pull out the propane stove we currently have that’s not even hooked up and put in a 2-burner glass cooktop. By doing this, we will gain additional countertop space and cabinet space below it. Once we complete these projects the carpenter is going to give me some tips and techniques for replacing the interior wallpaper with wood veneer. This will be a very lengthy project since the entire interior wallpaper will need to be replaced.

So, it looks like I will have plenty to keep me busy the next few months. I have to say that I do enjoy the satisfaction I get from my small projects. It’s a great feeling to take something old and restore it to new.

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