Every couple of years, my old plywood dinghy begins to look sad. Paint faded and cracked, bottom scraped where I’ve dragged it up on a pier or a beach, firehose coming unlashed from the gunnels. That means it’s time to bring a little respectability back to the dinghy. . . give her a little love.
Minor projects this time – reglass the bottom around the centerboard trunk opening. It’s been leaking ever since I ran aground a couple of years back.
There a several places where I’ve worn through the glass on the bottom and shallow cracks are opening up. These need to be reglassed.
And I’ve relashed the firehose in one section. Finally, new paint will make her look fresh and protect her structure for a couple more years.
And while I’m into the epoxy, I might as well fill a couple of opening seams in my tiller prior to refinishing. It won’t hold varnish with those big gaps in the tiller.
I hope to finish the glass and sanding today and paint tomorrow. Got to get her looking good for Memorial Day Cruise!