Thunderstorms, Mast Stepping Prep and Designing Cockpit Railing

This week we prepare the teak mast step for installation. The mast is going to be stepped next week and we needed to ensure that the wooden mast step was covered with epoxy to keep it protected from water. We cover it with Varnish and show a great way to build up layers quickly and protect the wood.

We also plan for a design/layout the new railing that will go along the cockpit and stern of the boat. We have tossed this idea around for a while and finally decided that we are doing all this other work, we may as well do this too. 🙂

I also test out some bilge lighting options and deal with some serious thunderstorms which put a damper on my varnishing plans for the boom.

(We fight thunderstorms, varnish wood, protect wood, seal teak, step the mast, design the cockpit layout, plan for new stanchions, come to realizations about cable lifelines, test lighting, work with LED’s, and have a date day with my granddaughter)

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Our series on hatches –
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