You know how you always have an image of things in your mind’s eye.  Well, it was no different when I was looking for a sailboat.

I had the image of a clean, elegant, gleaming, and polished yacht in mind.  Of course, we didn’t have the money for that and to try to outfit a boat for cruising.  But, the image was there at any rate.

When we were selling our house, we fixed it up and it was, in essence, Jodi’s dream house at that point.

Now, we are selling Emet, and guess what?  We will pretty much be fixing her up so that she’s my dream boat.  I spent the better part of this past weekend varnishing the wood.  What a monumental task!!  I don’t really have the resources to get it crystal clear and smooth.  Ever tried to varnish with a stiff wind and with all your hatches open? She’s looking 1000% better, however.  I plan on doing the entire interior and the toerails.  Not sure if we’ll have the resources to get her hauled out and have new gelcoat all over.  I’ll certainly polish up the sides, though.

I’ll probably remove the lifeline netting, replace the four stanchions that we have with taller ones, and then get rid of the dinghy davits and that stuff.

Let’s face it, sexy sells better than utilitarian.  I’ll maybe even make some of those awesome black fender covers.

She won’t look like 007’s yacht, but wouldn’t it be pretty awesome if she did!  I did NOT, however, ever want teak decks.  Beautiful, but tons of work and good heavens they get scorching hot in the tropical heat.

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I’ll take some pics of our new brightwork and get them posted in the next day or so.  We’ve run out of Internet on our Hotspot and Blue Dolphin doesn’t have public WiFi so it’s rather inconvenient at this point to get on the Internet.