For this beautiful Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend instead
of being out sailing I'm still getting Chip Ahoy ready to launch, I hope next
week. A buddy loaned me his polisher for the weekend to make my best
effort putting a shine back on its beat up hull.
Chip Ahoy came out of the water last fall with its hull
in the worst condition it's ever been in. The hull took a cumulative
beating from being blown into the
Marina dock bow-first following my Buzzard's Bay near-death
experience to apparently some serious fender-rubbing against transient
docks over the season. I had little hope of restoring it to its
former shine short
of a new paint job. That's when Bob stepped in with encouragement and
the loan of his polisher. Frankly, I expected to burn through paint
before seeing a shine — but I was
pleasantly surprised with the result.
Even initially, starting at the port bow, the
scratches and deep rub marks from the Onset Bay Marina slip (before the
bow stuck the dock) incident began to fade, even disappear like magic.
The fender wear too soon blended into the finish.
The photo on the bottom-right shows one of the fender
rub marks after polishing to just beyond it as I moved toward the stern.
(May 29, 2011)