We’re getting tired of life in the boatyard. And it is starting to get hot, which makes working in the sun on deck an exhausting and sweaty experience. This weekend we worked extensively on our aging teak deck. We had to pull up a good bit of mastic (the black material between the teak strips) that was cracking and coming loose. The more we worked, the more areas that needed work became apparent. It is a never-ending job. You repair one area, and then see other spots that also need attention. We had to prioritize the worst areas and say we would get back to the others another day.
We also replaced missing and cracked bungs (these are the small round teak pegs that cover the screws which hold down the teak deck strips). It seems that as soon as we put new bungs in, other old ones fall out or crack. We should probably replace bungs more often, but other boat needs always seem to yell louder for our attention.
My job this weekend was to stain the deck with Tropical Teak Sealer. We do this chore annually in the hopes of getting ten more years out of our badly worn teak deck. The staining is not that difficult; the part I hate is putting green masking tape around all the edges to prevent stain from inadvertently getting smudged on the white fiberglass, the stainless steel, and the lines. It probably takes longer to do the masking than the staining. Yesterday in the 80 degree heat I stained about three quarters of the deck, just leaving us a path to come and go without walking on wet stain. Then this morning I completed the remainder. Yeah! The worst is over!
Now if all goes well we will splash the boat next Friday—I can’t wait. Climbing a twelve foot ladder several times a day is getting old, not to mention that we have limited electricity while on the hard. That means that no matter how hot it gets, we can’t run air conditioning; we have no hot water to wash dishes (hot water heaters take a lot of juice); and occasionally when you plug in a small appliance, the breaker trips and you have to un-plug and reset the power. Yes, we had better be in the water and at a dock with full hook-up by next Friday evening or this galley wench is going to mutiny.