2011 off-season "To-Do"
List has begun, starting with resealing the starboard side windows I
installed just this past spring. After discovering that the leaked even
worse than previously, I temporarily "fixed" them with duct tape to get
me through the season. I'll remove, reseal, and reinstall come spring.
"the solution for
everything" with an approaching nor'easter back in September and
another in October, created a number of problems that now need repair.
The tape served its purpose, but at a cost. Removing it pulled paint off
the top cribboard and sliding companionway hatch eyebrow.
I refinished the cribboards in
2004, so having another go
at them won't hurt. But I refinished all the teak trim only
two years ago. While
the tape lifted a small area of varnish, I see that already much of the
teak (e.g., the handrails) will need some touching up in the spring.
Refinishing the cribboards and eyebrow
will be my indoor winter project this winter; minor compared to past
projects. In the meantime, I've covered the companionway with a piece of
vinyl tarp held by -- duct tape!
Upon removal of the eyebrow, I was
surprised how well the handle is secured to it. It's held to
the aft edge of the sliding hatch by just two long screws from inside.
I'm always warning others who're aboard not to put any weight on the
handle, that it's held by only those two screws. Now that it's off,
thanks apparently to the bedding compound, I can't separate the handle
from the eyebrow without applying more pressure than I dare! (Nov.