Port Carmen, Cebu, Philippines
After a little more than a week here in what we refer to as Zeke's but is in actually the Pinoy Boat Yard we have settled in getting all our preperations done and have now started on the projects that we hope to accomplish. The first construction wise has actually been finished except for tomorrows job of refilling the newly sealed and painted lockers under what we refer to as the "Cleopatra" couch on the starboard side of the saloon.
We have also been busy with sanding and varnishing in the aft cabin. I sand and Kathy gets to do the fun part of applying the new varnish. It's looking good, but tomorrow we get a carpenter/cabinet maker to start on the new cabinet that will replace the aft cabin ladder. We would imagine that once he has finished it will be necessary to add some more coats of varnish. Years ago we were told by a varnish professional two things. One, it's never the last coat and two when applying don't try to get smarter than the varnish.
This afternoon, post siesta, I started on the new project of improving the storage under the navigation station seat. The normal arrangement was two drawers which wastes lots of space. Our new look will have the drawer faces still there but hinged with small compartments behind them and then the rest of the area accessable from a lift up lid under the cushion seat. As I started cutting and removing old wood we found areas that need epoxy repair but that was expected. It will add some time to get the job completed but we seem to have plenty of that.
|MY PILE OF TOOLS IN THE V-BERTH THAT WERE PREVISOUSLY IN THE SPACE |
UNDER THE CLEOPATRA COUCH
|SOON THE NEW SEWING CABINET WILL BE HERE|
|SANDED AND READY FOR PAINT|
|EXISTING CABINET WITH DRAWERS|
|CUTTING OUT THE NEW LID|
Stay tuned for more as the improvements continue.