Category: Cosmetic upgrades

Ripping the deck up!

Don thoroughly tapped and marked hollow sounding spots on the deck and coachroof.  By the end of the day most of the deck had been removed.  What an interesting discovery!  The fiberglass had failed due to glass cloth being used instead of glass matt when the teak decks were removed. Two layers of cloth do […]

The BIG deck job

When we made Arabella ours, we were under no illusions as to the amount of work that was needed.  The survey confirmed what we had assessed for ourselves concerning the deck ….. it would have to be peeled off and all old coring would have to be removed.  A prior owner had removed the teak […]

Leaky Hatches

Boats are supposed to be wet and damp inside … NOT! Rain, or a deckwash resulted in dribbles and pools of water.  Yours truly (that’s me) is not exactly obsessive compulsive, but I do insist on a dry and comfortable warm boat.  In fact I will settle for nothing less, because Karin will settle for […]

Cockpit Varnished

Arabella has far more wood (teak) visible than most boats that are even built of the stuff.  Although a fibreglass vessel, brightwork abounds everywhere, and it all needs revitalization.  Way back, the exterior teak must have been varnished, but over the years it has been covered with Cetol without removing the residual patches of varnish. […]

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