Have you forgotten about us yet? We’re still here!
Since my last update, there’s been non-stop action inside, outside, and all around Nightingale Tune, thanks to our painting perfectionist/project manager Noel and his team of workers who have been sanding, fairing, and priming above the waterline for days. Boaters always grouse about island time – how it breeds a stunted sense of urgency, plaguing projects in the yard. Happily, there’s none of that with Noel and crew – these guys are awesome. They show up and they work hard.
Noel’s attention to detail has crept over into my varnishing projects as well. He’s been offering (usually constructive) criticism about my prep, mixture, and application methods. At a point when I was getting frustrated and ready to accept what was “good enough”, he convinced me to sand down and start over with thinner varnish. I’m so glad that he did.
As of this morning, we have a hull that is primed dark grey above the waterline. This afternoon, the crew will begin tenting the boat to prepare for the first coat of color to go on – and that’s when the excitement really begins! Stay tuned.