Bringing Back Brightness.


The center window is removed to be cleaned and sanded

While everyone was defending our conspicuous passion yesterday, I turned off all my cell stuff and went to conspicuously work on stripping 30 years of paint off all the window trim on Sweet Pea. Wow, what a difference and wow what a pain in the ..well every part of my old body.

The dark wood defines her lines

I must add that whoever decided to paint over that wood should be conspicuously shot! Ya, I said it. BTW, its a figure of speech. All you PC people just read it through that lens please. Anyway. There are still some small grains of white green and almond paint in there. and after two days of ice picks and stripper. Its still there so I am going to the varnish phase and then paint over some of it in a blended color and pinstripe brush.

Different wood? ugh

The rear cabin windows are a bit more of an issue and where repaired at some point and a lighter wood. UGH, so I am gonna have to play with some stain.

She likes her new old look

I have to add this. Even though I know what I am about to say sounds rather snooty. EVERYONE SHOULD OWN A MARINA! Working on your boat is sooooo, soooo much easier. Having the right tools, and parts right there, in an environment that can be trashed. Perfection. And since I spent all my money on it, I have to do all my own work anyway. I am going to go on strike though. I pay myself nothing. I am interning for myself. Did someone mention donuts?

Timeless time at the railway. Concrete goes in on Wednesday. Woohooo.

Confused? Read yesterdays story! Have fun!

15 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I like the way my friend did it even better. About the same time that he retired his son bought a Edgecomb Boat Works. Now he gets to hang out at the boat yard without owning it.

    Yes, it is this yard.

    • Ranger
      Ranger says:

      Where do we sign up for the inaugural WoodyBoater boat show? Oh you know it’s coming! Love Sweet Pea!

    • Kelly Wittenauer
      Kelly Wittenauer says:

      Your friend absolutely did it the best way. And obviously brought his son up correctly!

  2. Frank@Falmouth
    Frank@Falmouth says:

    Im still amazed you spelled conspicuously many times,, I havent gotten it correctly the first time yet…

    and touche on the “everyone should own a Marina” THAT really made me smile…I hope you are keeping track of the number of requests from people who would like to visit or leave a boat there. Id love to have such a place, albeit a little more private as everything you do will be in a “fishbowl” especially when that streaming webcam goes up across Main Street from the construction office at “The Bunkers” condos.
    Make sure your etch your initials and date in the concrete for history,, and maybe some old dates from the Butler days… on some “aged” concrete!… Nothing wrong with creating history if its period correct!

    How WOULD you make new concrete look old? Hmmmm
    HURRY the concrete truck is on its way!. and sinking some recessed eye hooks/ rings in the concrete like used to tie down airplanes might come in handy for securing things during occasional tropical storms..

    AND WHOO HOO! for the Reedville show! Id like to request a spot at the dock for a boat.! 🙂

  3. Ranger
    Ranger says:

    WoodyBoaterville, here we come! We’d like to make our reservation, too. Your little marina is now on our bucket list to visit. So happy for you.

  4. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Im sure you’re thinking about that concrete. Bright white new concrete will clash big time. The previous owner of our 1939 vintage cabin had just laid new concrete before we bought it, but he somehow had the contractors increase and darken the sand and gravel content so it looked like it was from 1939. Again, I’m sure you’ve already figured that out.

  5. Old Seabee
    Old Seabee says:

    Are you going to put in wire mesh or re-bar before you pour
    the concrete? I was at Tavares about a month ago when they
    were preparing to pour the the new ramp which had about a
    ton of steel reinforcing rod.

  6. Matt
    Matt says:

    its purvious concrete. Allows water to drain. No rebar, and I dont think will be driven on. Its main purpose is to stop paint chips and other crap from getting into the soil. I am going to have it darkened so its not like a set of white walls. Its 4 inches of gravel, then 4 inches of concrete. Because its so close to the water it was my only option. I guess we will see how it works. Where I drive down there, it will just be gravel.

  7. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Matt, the final step in getting the grain clean is a combination of bronze wool and a small brass brush. Put your stripper on the area, then try the wool, followed by “tooth brushing” the spots, – all in line with the grain. It’s a time-consuming process, but the results are worth it, with no need to try to blend in/paint over those spots. Try it! 🙂

  8. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    I like your comment about “everyone should own a marina”
    I did for 10 years from 1992 till 2002. Talk about being in a “FISHBOWL” Any time I wanted to work on my own projects, like a refresh on the 1965 CC Super Sport I owned at the time.
    But I had 250 Rack storage customers and 150 condo slip owners to contend with. I would love to find a little place like yours Matt to do as I please when I want…

  9. Ronald
    Ronald says:

    I think you need to use that office for a chowda house with a small menu of clam chowda, crab and local fish and oysters, maybe a few sides. You could start your own craft brewery as well, Add a deck under some shade trees, Think of the possibilities. On another note My wife and I took our grandchildren to Disney last week and went to The Boathouse restaurant at Disney Springs for the first time, Very good food and a great atmosphere for vintage boat/motor loving people.

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