Things have been quiet on the blogging front but, behind the scenes, fitting out has been chugging along quite nicely. The first task was to strip back the mast to bare wood.
I then applied several coats of International Compass varnish, that being the best of a modest choice in the local chandlers. Not that I'm fussy about this: the remaining spars seem more than happy with their Ronseal exterior varnish. If I had some left in the pot, the mast would have had the same - I fancied a change, though.
I've also applied a coat of Sadolin to the gunwhales. I still need to do the inner facing side plus the transom.
'...upon thy belly shalt thou go, and antifouling shalt thou apply annually, all the sailing days of thy life...'. Indeed, it does seem like a punishment for past and intended pleasures, but it must be done.
So, one coat of International Cruiser Uno Plus (on offer at Fox's Marina) applied. I now need to roll the boat back a few inches to cover the bits obscured by rollers on the trailer.
Whatever else gets done depends entirely on weather and time. The plan, as ever, is to be sailing from the beginning of April.