UnPlanned Projects, Sanding Hacks, Competitive Jenga and new Stainless Steel

In this weeks episode, we change our plans to deal with an unplanned project.   I went to the boat and noticed a system fault 135 error on the Xantrex ProSine 3.0 inverter and charger.  We end up troubleshooting and correcting the issue.  Sadly, like most things, we also uncover another problem, no wait, let’s call it an opportunity.

We show 3 great sanding hacks for round items.  This was a GREAT find and we were shocked at how well this works for sanding spindles.  I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner, but this saved us hours in sanding and we now have a routine for the next few weeks for sanding and preparing the wooden spindles for varnish on the boat as the projects near completion.

I make a trip out of town for work to Pheonix and spend some time with my work team.  It was a great time and we had some fun getting to fly over Lake Ponchartrain on the departure and some competitive local bar outdoor Jenga competitions.

We see the non-skid go on the roof while out of town AND some major progress on the stainless steel handrails.

In this video, we show these 3 sanding solutions.  Links are below (Inexpensive and well worth having on any boat or workshop)

Sanding Tape 120 Grit – 1 inch wide
Sanding Tape for Spindles (220 Grit)
Small Sanding Cord for Spindles (150 Grit)
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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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