I feel like I’ve been slogging through these projects forever. The boat has been in the water a month now, and we haven’t sailed. I’ve just finished these projects. Finally, we’re getting much closer to going sailing.
Painting Cockpit Sole: Looked at the proprietary non-skid paints, and frankly thought they were all overpriced. $40 will get you a quart of anybody’s non-skid paint (West Marine, Interlux, etc.). I really wanted more of a working finish for the cockpit sole (it gets a lot of traffic anyway), and I wanted a flat finished paint. So I paid much less than $40 for a quart of Rustoleum oil-based flat white.
Then I picked up a bag of play sand from the hardware store, and scooped out a cup or so into a flat pan to let it thoroughly dry. Punching holes in the top of a plastic screw-topped jar gave me a sand shaker. I painted the sole with a small roller and chip brush, then shook sand on the “wet” paint. Well, yesterday was a beautiful day – 62 or 64 degrees, absolutely clear sky, and about 20% humidity. Why did I think the paint would dry slowly? It didn’t dry slowly – it dried instantly. I shook the sand onto the surface and it bounced. It only stuck on the places where the paint was thickest, and therefore drying (ever so slightly) slower. Okay – change of technique obviously indicated here. For my second coat, I mixed a quarter cup of sand into the paint and stirred (and kept stirring – it settled out pretty quick). I applied this to the sole as fast as I could go, as evenly as I could spread. It came out pretty good, if I do say so myself. Here are a couple of photos:
Cleaning Up. With the sole complete, I finally began the a stem-to-stern cleaning. Every cushion came out and got vacuumed. Every interior corner of the boat was vacuumed. Every surface was wiped down with ammonia and water solution. As each area came clean, I repatriated the cushions that belonged there.
All clean, now. Dust banished, along with any incipient mildew. Tools put away, surfaces clean and ready for habitation.