One of the less attractive aspects of a nice varnished wooden boat is the sheer amount of sanding required to get a good varnished finish.
The good thing is that I don't do it so thoroughly every year but this year she did really need it. So as we have some rather nice weather at the moment I have taken a couple of days out of my busy schedule to get to grips with the task.
It has actually been very theraputic and even good exercise! Sanding a boat is not such a difficult task and it leaves the mind free to drift and wander and wonder and imagine and I even found myself begining to find answers and ideas for work and study. In the midst of it all I found I was communing with God in prayer, It was a most mentally, emotionally and spiritually refreshing experiance, even if the body did complain about it afterwards!
I still have a bit left to do (all the fiddly bits) and then some regluing of the port side seat slats to the mid point support and then she can be revarnished and if this weather holds out until next weekend then I might just succeed in getting the varnishing done.
I am aiming to get her ready for the April 5th for the coaching weekend at Middle Nene sailing club. I think it can be done ok.