It’s time to prime! And paint!
The time between this post and the last post was brought to you in part by Lola, who chewed through my computer power cord. Thanks Lola!
Where was I? Oh yes, fixing the boat…
I forgot something when I recounted the steps needed to get from nasty rust to “nice boat!”: smoothing the fairing compound.
We (and by we I mean Peter) heaped and scraped and pushed gloopy fairing compound into the primed rust divots. Wet fairing compound is impossible to get perfectly smooth; it either is built up too low or too high. Too high means it has to be sanded off; too low means more needs to be heaped on top, left to cure, then sanded off.
This is the question you might be asking. See here and here for previous references; I’m sure I have piqued your interest. (I had never asked this question before buying a steel boat simply because I had never heard of Ospho. It’s not something that comes up as a topic of conversation in the circles I run in. So…you’re welcome for broadening your horizons.)
Ospho, for those who are just dying to know, is a rust converter. It converts iron oxide into iron phosphate. At least that’s what it claims. I know that a large bottle of it came with the boat, that it smells like Death’s ass, and it turns rusty steel black.
Begin with the end in mind.
Stephen Covey wrote that in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s habit #2, as I just found out. I’ve read that book, truly I have, and though the other six of those habits elude me at the moment, this one obviously left an impression. Maybe I should read it again…
Anyway, I don’t believe that my particular scenario of backward-working was what he had intended with this particular Successful-Person habit.
I can’t help it. I am a product of my impressionable youth (which I’ve recounted before). Every time someone says the words Sewing Machine I sing this song from The Perils of Pauline. I saw the movie when I was Single Digits Old and my brain had room for Show Tunes. At least now I sing it in my head because someone says Sewing Machine an awful lot in my line of work.
Since it is now Spring let us move on with boat projects and other things that occupy our time. Like Boat Projects. That’s it and there doesn’t need to be anything else because Boat Projects are comprehensive and exhaustive of our time (and exhausting).
I know I promised a Part Two of the Galley Tour. I know I did. I’m just not feeling it.
Instead I’m going to talk about something near and dear to my heart: Not Winter.
On the boat next to us lives Skipper Joe; a musical, funny, all-around gifted dude. He was the neighbor who provided the impromptu musical interlude between our de-naming ceremony and our naming ceremony. The song he sang was Mr. Blue Sky (a totally appropriate song for a sailboat any time but especially during a completely-non-solemn ceremony) which may have been the highlight of the afternoon.