Quick update post, with spring upon us have been working away at a daunting list of projects we’d like to do on Turnstone before splashing her on Redfish for the summer.
Top on the list were two large projects: 1) run control lines (main halyard, jib halyard, both main sail reef lines) to cockpit and 2) refinish as much of the brightwork as we could handle.
The lines to the cockpit are a big project, but made easier but the discovery that Dwyer makes a plate that goes under the mast mount to hold blocks to control the lines coming off the mast… these are set to go through two Harken deck organizers and back to standard cleats at the front of the cockpit. We considered rope clutches but without a winch wanted something we could be sure we could undo under pressure, something I don’t think you can count on with a clutch. Everything is being mounted and backed as best I can figure out, and sealed using LifeCalk polysulfide sealer.
And the brightwork… flaking varnish is not an attractive look. Manual and chemical stripping took what was left off, a few rounds of sanding and ready to refinish. Two coats of teak oil and then two coats of teak oil sealer and we have a somewhat lighter look that we prefer, and water actually beads up on it!!
More projects to come, but here is some visual evidence of where the last few weeks disappeared to: