Posts Tagged ‘boat maintenance tools’


That’s right! After experimenting with a 3M product meant to chemically remove paint from the bottom of Sundown, we decided that the results weren’t satisfactory and we’d spend a lot of money only to have to go back over her bottom side with scraping tools. So we sharpened the chisels, sucked it up and went to work. We spent about 10 hours total scraping off all the old bottom paint. (Check out our Photo Galley for several photos of the job.) (more…)

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One of the features I really love about our Hans Christian 33t is the floor plan, especially the Pullman berth (Master bedroom) that’s off to the port


Hans Christian 33t interior layout

side rather than jammed forward as a V-berth. If Sundown is going to be my full-time home one day (soon, I hope), then I want it to feel as “normal” as possible, which includes having a rectangular shaped bed like I’ve slept on my whole life.

The galley layout, on the other hand, needed some redesign. Since Clay and I like to cook and entertain, we need as much useable space in the kitchen as possible. Therefore, the bulkhead next to the stove that strangely divided the sink counter from the cooktop had to go. By opening up that space, we would shorten the possible sleeping area by the dinette, but we felt what we’d gain would be better than what we’d lose. (more…)

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Progress on Sundown has slowed due to a little inclement weather and that other “W” word…WORK (the paid kind).

This week has included:

  • A half-day retreat with my board of directors.
  • Recording and editing public affairs spots about health and human services in Larimer County, Colorado, to air on KRFC 88.9fm radio station (more…)

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woody station wagon

I took last week off of regular work to work on the boat. It was relaxing and productive. With the intermittent help of a friend, one of our sons and my wife, we were able to strip all the varnish off the exterior of Sundown and start sanding. As we made progress, I recalled the little things about boat work that I love. (more…)

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Stripping the underside of the rail

There I was lying on my back on the deck of Sundown, stripping away… (more…)

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Ah, yes. I remember back in the day when a steady flow of boxes from Jamestown Distributors arrived at my shop in West Sedgwick, Maine. A Farrier Marine F-9a trimaran was under construction and I needed every imaginable item for the job. From unidirectional carbon fiber for a shaft strut to bronze catches for Okoume and Teak cabinets. It was so easy to spend someone else’s money. Not so, now that I’m spending my own boat bucks! (My friend Larry introduced me to the term “boat buck,” which is a $100 bill that goes like water water in the bilge.) (more…)

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Contortionist Clay

The dirty work has begun. For the past two weekends, my husband and I have rolled up our sleeves and started deep cleaning Sundown from stem to stern. Actually, that’s not quite true. We decided to first focus on the stern–the back half of the boat: the dining area, aft cabin, galley, engine compartment, rear water tank and storage areas under the cockpit. To combat feeling overwhelmed, I’m concentrating on one small space at a time. My mantra for this job is: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” (more…)

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