Launch Day – Hooray

After a long winters / Covid nap SEASONS has reappeared on the boating scene. We put our Grand Banks trawler into storage on July 2, 2020 at Great Lakes Marine in Port Washington, WI. Dorothy and I had aborted our second Great Loop trip due to the Pandemic restrictions. So after 11 months of boat projects she is floating again in Port Washington Marina.

Some of the major projects completed;

  • Complete varnishing of handrails and caprails
  • Varnishing the transom
  • New bottom antifouling paint
  • Complete replumbing of the fresh water system
  • Deck seams recaulked
  • Dorothy made equipment covers and fender hangers
  • Varnished upper helm wheel
  • Swim platform cleaned and resealed
  • Topsides buffed and waxed
  • Numerus small upgrades and maintenance items

The big item I really wanted to accomplish the past winter was the varnishing. I took the rails all the down to bare wood, teak bleached them, sanded, and started building layers of varnish. Multiple steps involed sanding between each coat. I built up 12 coats of varnish over about 250 man hours. The finished result looks like you poured honey or liquid glass over the wood.

Before, Teak is fully stripped and sanded
After, 12 coats of varnish

The storage Barn is about 3 miles from the water and they move the boats with a truck and transport trailer. Its a fun trip from Great Lakes Marine to the boat launch at Port Washington Marina. The trip down the road can be a little intimating for the boat owner watching your floating home go flying around corners, but Mike knows what he’s doing.

We will dock the trawler in Port Washington, WI for the next couple of weeks. We have to finish a couple of projects and provision for our future adventures.

Stay tuned for our travel plans

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