I spoke with the Yard this morning, and it seems a few other jobs are in progress and need to to be finished before they can attend to my hull and deck repairs. Their work and prices are excellent, so I can't complain given how little notice I gave them. As much as I desperately wanted to see that hull hitting the water this week, it gives me time to make the launch a planned and safe event rather than a frantic scramble.
I've been able to get the deck and hull cleaned, which in itself made a great improvement aesthetically and psychologically. She's a beautiful lady again. I used Pure Oceans non-skid deck cleaner which I picked up at West Marine, and it worked better than any deck cleaning product I've ever used. Smelled great too! What really impressed me was how well it cleaned the little specs out of the gelcoat porosity. No, it didn't make everything perfect, but it made a huge difference. In fact, it made things look so good that I really want to try rubbing out the gelcoat a bit and see if she can shine again.
I need to get the AwlCare onto the hull while its still clean, so that's one of the first things I'll be doing this week. I paid dearly for the Awlgrip job on the hull, and I want to make sure its protected before going in the water, even if this season is going to be a short one. This week I will also be installing the new bilge pump, and re-hosing the manual bilge pump. That will be the removal of the last of the nasty corrugated hose which should never be used. It just collects nastiness and impairs water flow.
The cockpit cushions are done, and were delivered to the boat yesterday. Honestly, they make it look new. I was so thrilled with the way these look and feel. I'll get a picture posted next time I have proper daylight out there.
I'm in the middle of some engine learning curve, having just replaced the fuel filter I need to do some line bleeding. That's a new one on me! I'm confident that I'll figure it out though now that I have a few days.
And finally, I need to pick up dock lines and get all the safety gear ready.
Yeah, it's sounding like a solid week of work, isn't it?
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