|Clearly, time for Cetol and a power wash. Not seen: Cat pawprints and leavings.|
|Uncovered in the sporadic sunshine. The yearly hull polish is keeping this 40-year-old topsides bearable.|
That lifespan might have been shortened somewhat by the exposed location of Valiente's winter yard, which is beside a dusty recycling depot with a constant and slightly ironic flow of diesel-powered, soot-spewing garbage trucks. The effect on the decks and canvas is obvious: "smoot" is everywhere, and it makes no sense in what is in essence a waterless, unpowered parking lot to attempt anything more than a token remediation. The inside isn't bad, thank goodness.
|Does this bug you? It bugs me, even if a lot of my "green thinking" arises from the expression of the Scottish gene.|
When it comes to tarping boats over the winter, many people opt for either "nothing", which in my view would undo all the core replacement I did at the beginning of my stewardship, or for the increasingly ubiquitous "white shrinkwrap tarp". The expense of this over a 10-year span exceeds, significantly, I think, that of the canvas tarp option, but it's the horrendous, dumpster-busting waste of it that puts me off, even if hauling the heavy canvas up ladders is rough on my ever-aging frame.
|You'll have to imagine the howling wind. And the howling cats.|
My boat partner, Clive, overcame his own shoulder issues to buff the hell out of the hull. On the inside, I installed and connected two new Group 27 batteries, installed a new, post-impeller pump "basket filter", which required the removal of the alternator just to reach the buried hose barbs on the block. We than did a gratifyingly successful test fire of the engine. The near-instantaneous ignition may have lasted a mere 15 seconds (the time it took to run the non-toxic coolant out the stern), but it's a joyous thing to know your winterization and maintenace regime was...so far...correct.
|There's a limit to applying anti-fouling in the rain. This is about it.|
Nice shine! Heavy overcast! Cat pee!
|I have a bit more work to do in this area, but the boat's only a couple of hours from being able to be launched.|