June 11, 2013 by Last Star blog
Dawn ’til Dusk…..
Every morning we rise early and wonder what two things we’ll accomplish that day? We try and get more than two things done but the way the day falls out we think two is a good deal.
Working in the boat yard is a challenge. It seems that inevitably what you want to do needs some parts or supplies that are not readily available. If you need a tool then it will require another trip up or down the ladder. The heat becomes a challenge too.
Now in your house you may have a garage or tool shed to keep your things. Possibly you have a workbench or dedicated space to do your work. A boat is a bit different. There is no garage, tool shed or dedicated work space–at least not on the Last Star.
Here’s the V-Berth
The aft stateroom
As you can see, space is at a premium and getting tools out requires breaking into every cubby or storage space it seems. Once you start to move the cushions then there is even less space. In our bedroom we bought a new “mattress topper” and of course our bed is not the standard queen size so the topper needed some trimming. According to the internets the pure-latex mattress is cooler than others so we bought that. It had an interesting smell so for two days we let it sit around the boat venting its odors. Naturally it was heavy and took up a lot of space–again less space for working.
Patricia decided to get out of the hot cabin and do some work in the cockpit. She polished up the steering pedestal and applied some fresh paint.
We had to so a bit of work to the base of the swim platform. It had a split at the base and we needed to get it sealed. We used 3Ms famous 5200 and put in a nice bead but we also needed to add some pressure to keep it pressed together. What better than 120 lbs of weights?
Remember that ladder? Well the weights had to go down and then back up that ladder.
At least in the cabin you can sit and relax in the 93 degree heat!! At least the Fridge has cool drinks.
I find dressing all in black like Johnny Cash keeps me cooler….
And of course Cooper is generally laying around looking for the coolest air…not easy to find. Some afternoons they look totally wilted.
Well that’s our environment on-shore. Not ideal and this work would be better in November for example. We are going to visit family here in Florida so don’t know how many posts you’ll see in the next few days. Thanks for stopping by