RIP My Old Friend.


From the front, actually not so bad. Maybe?

So long my old friend, it was a great summer, actually several summers. You were with me through the sweaty heat, dirt, sanding and painting. Lots of painting, crawling. You kept me covered, and yet had a little tear, rip and flap to show for all your hard work. But the time has come where I can no longer wear you. You see my old friend Shorty, Summer is over, and people think I have pooped myself now. YES? I know, but, it’s time.

YA! I had to sit in the water under the boats to work on stuff. Thats from the outside of the pants for the record.

They are holy pants – I wear them religiously..


20 replies
  1. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    Yeah, I think all of us who work on our own boats have had similar goodbyes with no longer wearable clothing.

    For the record, when wiping down 3M5200 mahogany brown caulk/sealant with a rag soaking in Xylol you need to hang the old soaked rag up to dry before throwing it away. I just rig a temporary clothes line for this, but I think my neighbors thought that I had a person issue on laundry day.

  2. Andy in Middletown
    Andy in Middletown says:

    Those would look great run up a flag pole… with a Sons of Varnish logo stenciled on, or a SoV patch. Kind of like a pirate flag.

  3. Reddog
    Reddog says:

    It looks like you shipted your pants. Couldn’t get the stain out, So you just decided it was time to release them to Davy Jones locker. Or did you find them stuffed in the bilge when you were attaching the keel u-bolts?

  4. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    For me, it’s a half dozen t-shirts/sweatshirts (temp dependent). Decent enough for a quick trip to the hardware store. Or that I’m not embarrassed to wear for my daily walk through the neighborhood. But crappy enough that I don’t worry about another bleach stain or few drops of oil, paint, poly, etc. A balancing act for sure.

  5. briant
    briant says:

    uh. So is the Boatress running her nice things thru the washer and dryer right after you have run these babies thru??


  6. gary visser
    gary visser says:

    For many years in the 70’s-80’s the (largely) men who worked boat yards in Annapolis and the Carolinas would wear socks in the winter months, flip flops every warmer month. There would be a ceremony/brew party in one of the yards where everyone would gather and have the “burning of the socks” in a barrel fire. Many of the pairs were the sole (!!) pair used the entire winter so, accelerants were not always necessary to get the fire going strong. Stand upwind.

  7. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    I spent a summer in high school working with a crew that sealed blacktop. We wore jeans and long sleeve shirts. At the end of the day I stripped down and stood them up in the garage. They were so thick that you couldn’t move in them after about 2 weeks.

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