How to make Brightwork, Bright! (and finding new life from old ship parts)

Have you ever wondered how to make your brightwork shine, like you see on those showboat magazines? Do you want to know how to varnish like the pros, or better yet, make it look 95% with 65% of that effort? This weeks episode is about 2 things we are doing on the boat that leads to a lesson of how to varnish. We are sanding down the walls of the Salon and the coach house is getting new paint. With that, it is getting close to time to install all the trim, handrails, hatch frames and other teak accessories that will keep our classic sailboat looking classic.

So sit back and enjoy this how-to video on varnishing tips and tricks. How to varnish a boat, how to restore your teak or other hardwoods, how to make wood look like glass and a little discovery about a GREAT stainless steel polish.

We also cover a great product that we tested on polishing the stainless steel handrail mounts from an old cruise ship in Indonesia.

My words of guidance for folks are don’t always look for new materials for your boat. Sometimes you can find great things that are recycled from other ships or boats and help to make yours even more nautical. That is what we thought when we found these stairwell handrails that came off of a cruise ship that had been decommissioned and sold for scrap in Indonesia. We saw them and thought that with a very slight bit of work, protection, and creativity, they would become the handrails that you can use when walking down the side decks of the boat from the cockpit to the deck. They will mount on the roof of the coach house just below waist high.

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The link to the Marine 31 Polish is –

Please check out our other videos as well and click on the playlist below for a couple we think you may enjoy.
Our Refit Playlist –
Our Sailing to New Orleans Playlist –
Our Epoxy Vs Polyester Fiberglass test results –
Our series on hatches –
and Our Series on new Freshwater Plumbing –

Some of the tools we mention in our videos are:
Oscillating Multi-tool –
Carbide Grinding blade for the oscillating tool –
Ryobi Skill Saw (I have the corded) –
The Cordless version is here –
Small Trim Router (Great for tight places) –
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Join us on our journey as we continue to rebuild, refit and prepare our Formosa 51 Sailboat for our continued cruising journey. We have always loved the Formosa, bought one (on a bit of a whim) late in 2014, moved aboard this one right away and started to do our refit while living board. We are avid fans of Cruising Outpost and Good Ole Boat (Good Old Boat) magazines and love the ideas we get from them.

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