|The teak plywood got three coats of polyurethane varnish on both sides and the edges.|
|The paint in the rest of the boat has a nice sheen and very small glass beads mixed in it for a secure footing.|
So, in the saloon's raised section, we replaced the old fir plywood with teak plywood. This is the nicest plywood I've ever worked with. It's beautiful, strong and has no voids. And it is priced accordingly. Luckily. we needed only one sheet.
Because it was so expensive, I nearly drove myself crazy double checking my measurements before each cut. It took a long time, but when I was finished, the fit was nearly perfect.
In the rest of the boat we use good old porch paint with some grit in it. We carefully picked the color at the paint store. But when we opened the can back at the boat it looked like we opened a can of pumpkin pie filling. We both got a nearly uncontrollable urge for pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.
|Pumpkin bars or chocolate milk?|
Virginia went ahead and laid down the first coat, but the next day we took the paint back and had them tone it down a little. It's more like chocolate milk now.
Virginia stirred in small glass beads -- about half the size of table salt -- to the last coat of semi-gloss paint. In addition to providing better footing it also adds a nice texture. It feels good on bare feet too.
We are happy with the result. The floor has a nice sheen and will be easy to maintain.
|I cut more access hatches in the sole so I can have access to every part of the hull.|