Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sole Redemption

Sanibels Sole (or floor) was in need of some attention. As our splash date approached and it became more clear that everything we wanted done at that point wasn't going to happen, we thought that maybe we could finish the interior once we were living aboard. We soon had visions of living in a 240 square foot dwelling with a floor that you couldn't walk on. Well needless to say the vision was not pretty and we decided to push the splash out a month and get the interior of Sanibel shiny again. Now that the rigging, gelcoating, painting, nonskid, epoxy work, rewiring, plumbing, engine installation  and carpentry is more or less done (oh, what a satisfying sentence to write), we knew we could tackle the interior brightwork safely. You may know we have been working on all the teak trim on Sanibel, which has turned out great, but, the monkey has been the floor. The boat had flooded at some point and the water sat 4 or 5 inches above the floor for a long time. The teak was water stained and basically black. We attacked it  with non toxic Home Depot orange stripper we call "sherbet". Then, Bar Keepers Friend that has oxalic acid in it and really brought the color back. Here are a few pictures of the fun we have been having:

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