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  • Hermione (My Marine Trader 38') has very worn teak decks which kinda spring as you walk over them - although fun and somewhat comfortable, they are not practical and give me this constant feeling that I may be downstairs rather faster than one would expect;)

    I've started the project to replace them. Each night I come home and remove more screws (adding to the hundred or more that I have already removed) and pull up a plank or two - It'll take several more weeks to remove it fully.

    Under it is a glassfibre sandwich with plywood in the middle. I will cut out the top deck and pull out the plywood. This will not be a problem seeing as the plywood is sodden and makes cheese look like a more viable flooring product.

    Next I'll epoxy in new marine ply, epoxy the glassfibre back and finally coat it with a few layers of gelcoat...

    ... The poor thing looks like she is having a major face lift at the moment, but she'll look all wonderful again soon!

  • I was sitting on my deck last Sunday reading a book. I looked up and savoured the view - a 360 degree panorama of Port Elizabeth in Bequia.

    One of the things that I like about my view is that the boat swings in the wind, so I can just look up and the landscape moves from side to side as the boat swings.

    Anyway, I got to thinking... this is the first time in my life that I have had a real view and taken the time out to enjoy it! I grew up in cities with back gardens and walls. I've had some apartments with nice views out of windows, but I never really sat and looked out of the window. I've never had a balcony either. With a stern deck, a bridge deck and a deck across the bow I can't help but sit and look at the view these days - I like that :)

    Totally unrelated, but I like this picture... I saw some fishermen preparing their nets the other day ...