Saturday March 21, 2015
I will be honest. The first two full days we had Serendipity on the hard, we were working machines. Getting to work by 9 am, scrubbing and cleaning until after 6. The days flew by and we hardly knew where the time went. Then…Ben and Hannes got back from Tampa and as we mentioned, our crews became distractions for each other when it came to getting work done.
That’s not to say that it hasn’t been happening on both ends. Just not as gung-ho as before we all met.
So what’s been getting done to Serendipity?, you might ask. In short, we are trying to make her immaculate for her next owners, whomever they may be. There really aren’t any big projects or fixes we need to worry about, just little touch ups and a bit of TLC.
One of the areas that had been neglected for awhile and needed to be addressed was the teak on Serendipity’s deck. We hadn’t done this since last May/June because of all our passages and we knew that the salt water hitting the deck would help destroy any time we put into it so we put that project on hold until we were in Florida. Because we know that varnishing is a pain-in-the-butt, the last few times we’ve taken on this project we’ve opted to use Starbrite Tropical Teak Oil . Just clean the teak, easily paint to coats of this on, and you’re good to go. I think taping off the areas took me 3x longer than the application process.
After that was the start of some serious scrubbing and cleaning. For two days I spent my time in the aft lazerette with a bucket, and sponge, and a toothbrush; trying to wipe off every speck of dirt from every wall, nook, and cranny. Some areas were a little harder than others and I would have to exercise my contortionist skills just to get to them. Other areas I scrubbed for a good ten minutes not realizing it was a shadow being cast in front of me and not in fact a very stubborn section of dirt.
We also now have one area of the boat that is completely cleaned and needs no more attention, and that is the v-berth. Surprisingly that one only took one day as we scrubbed every surface, bleached it to prevent future mold, and emptied and organized the storage spaces under the cushions. I have to say, it’s so nice having a second boat to drop off extra junk at as we spruce this one up. So far Daze Off is holding our life raft, guide books, and spare electronics.
My project de la semaine this week has been to replace the zippers on the dodger. Some of the teeth have begun to fall out and they don’t do the best job of going up and down anymore, so I’d hate to leave that hassle for the next owner.
At first I was incredibly happy to get outside of the boat where temperatures are already beginning to skyrocket toward 90 degrees so that I could sit in the fresh breeze outside. placing myself under Serendipity’s hull I’ve been shaded by the sun, and as long as I have my x-boom next to me, I’m a happy little girl. With the exception of ants….
A few of the yard workers had come by early on to warn me about red ants in the area, but since I didn’t see them at all I paid their warnings no need. That was a bit of a mistake. The reason I didn’t see them running around is because they are so incredibly tiny…but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack a huge punch with their bite. They’ve gotten me a few times now and the painful and itchy bumps they leave behind torment me for days after. We’ve sprayed around the boat a few times now which I think is finally starting to keep them at bay.
There have been a few times though that a rogue ant or two will still get through the barrier and take me by surprise. Unfortunately they usually do this by crawling up my shorts. There have been multiple times now where I’ve been sitting there sewing or chatting with the guys next door while they work and I shoot up like a bullet and begin shaking my legs around because I literally have ants in my pants. Not very fun. I make sure to keep double cushions between me and the ground now.
Photo courtesy of Hannes.
Each day still ends the same, and that’s with me and eventually Matt wandering off to Marianne to see how progress went that day for Hannes and Ben. I inevitably end up there first with the lure of shade and the promise of cold beer. Today they just fixed their fridge and had a champagne of beers already waiting for me, so it was perfect. I also like to get over there in time to see them record their daily progress to send back to their production company for the documentary series they have back in Germany, Soundwave2Berlin. I rarely understand a word of what’s being spoken, but it’s fun to watch Ben or Hannes step in front of the camera and become animated as they speak of what they were or were not able to fix that day.
So, slowly and surely we are getting there. Before we know it (we hope), Serendipity will be in the water and on the market and we can begin tearing apart Daze Off. Although if our work so far on boat #1 is any indication of what’s to come, we could be here a very, very long time.