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April 10, 2017

April 9 - Boat Projects

Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ―Dr. Seuss

We've been back onboard for four days and we've been very busy. Here at Olverson's we are docked in a covered slip. It makes doing some projects easier but the lack of light makes it hard to see. The lack of sunshine on the boat also keeps us cooler...not a bad thing in the summer, but this time of year it's a little cold without those wonderful rays of light to warm the cabin. So, we are working hard to finish projects as quickly as we can so we can move to a new location. Here are some of the things we've been working on. 

Day One: Opened boat, unpacked car and put things away, turn on systems and flushed out water tanks. 

Day Two: Provisioned, washed boat, cleaned inside of boat, sanded all non-skid in preparation for painting. 

Day Three: Late start because it was very cold (36ยบ) and windy. Ran to Ace Hardware for supplies, sanded nameplates, removed dock box, started taping for non-skid. 

Day Four: First coat of Cetol on name boards, finished taping non skid, started repairing soft spot on port deck by drilling holes and filling with epoxy, began waxing upper deck and painted Kiwi Grip on all non skid areas.

Just a few groceries to get us started
Good thing we have plenty of storage space!
Refinishing the name plates
Fixing the deck
Taping the deck for the non-skid paint
Before and after pictures of the deck. I love the new non-skid paint
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  1. my first read about boat improvement hahaha. interesting!

  2. I see you applied Kiwi Grip nonskid, a friend was asking about it last week. How is it working out, have you all used it before?
    Thanks, happy Easter and good cruising!
    Steve Willett

    1. We've had it on the fly bridge for 3-4 years and love it. So far I love the way it looks on the rest of the boat. It was a lot easier to apply than the paint we used before. It also went further than the instructions said...so we can put another coat in next year...if we need to. Time will tell how it wears. I'm sure it'll be much better than what we had before. I'll let you know.