Bad news: my boatamalan* painter has gone off the grid. He came by the tent a month ago and we talked about next steps for the v-berth head. He was going to come by that Thursday and get to work. But when I arrived on the weekend, it was clear he hadn’t come by. Since then, he hasn’t responded to phone calls or text messages, and his coworkers have indicated that he doesn’t come to work regularly anymore. I know he’s been a disgruntled employee for a while now, and for good reasons by the sound of it, but he’s also had health problems. Since he doesn’t respond, I have no idea if he quit his job or is in the hospital. I haven’t given up on him yet, but for now all paint operations are suspended indefinitely.
* Boatamalan: portmanteau indicating highly skilled boat workers of Central American origin. They’re actually from Honduras, but Boatamalan rolls off the tongue better.
In the meantime, I’ve been polishing stainless…lots and lots of stainless…and also getting the glass installed in the portholes. On the stainless, it’s not just a trivial matter of making things pretty. Each rub rail and vent involves many screw holes and other openings into the boat, so they’ve got to be installed before I can even wash the dust off the outside. I’ve got the process pretty much nailed down, but each 12′ rub rail takes about 6 hours to polish, and more complicated pieces take even more time.
The tree removal crew got rid of the rotten old trees next to the tent without causing any damage. That’s pretty amazing considering how many big limbs were hanging over the tent. The tent’s a lot brighter inside than it used to be. In summer, it’ll be hotter, too. Gotta get this thing done…
After sanding with 1500 grit, the stainless is pretty shiny. Hitting it with the buffer really knocks it home. There are three courses for buffing, first using black emory, then brown tripoli, and finally white diamond compounds.
Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Engine Room LED Lighting