2023 Life Logs, Day 142: Teak Cleaning Day
Date: Monday, May 22, 2023
Weather: Sunny; High 59, Low 46 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

The next chapter in the never-ending story . . . cleaning the teak again. I spent a huge amount of time getting rid of the old varnish on the teak. This boat has teak handrails on the cabin top, teak eyebrow molding on the sides of the cabin top, a teak bowsprit, a teak toe rail, teak mountings, teak cockpit coaming, and teak trim around the companionway. It also has teak companionway drop boards and a teak cockpit table and drink holder. The drop boards and cockpit table and drink holder are in my living room waiting to be sanded and varnished. All of the other teak got cleaned a week ago, but it needed another go. So today was that day. I won’t know how it looks until it is completely dry, but however it looks, it is as good as it is going to get as we are out of time. I will wait until Wednesday to make sure all the teak is completely dry before starting to apply teak sealer. Heather decided not to use varnish because Jed wouldn’t be able to be on the boat for at least a couple of weeks. And since it goes in the water next week, there is no time for any varnish to be applied this season. I will hopefully get the drop boards done this week so they can be on the boat a week so after it is in the water. In the meantime, we are using a clear plexiglass ‘drop board.’ And I am going to check with Heather about the table and drink holder. They might just be put back on the boat as is for this year if they want to use them right away. Utility before beauty.