C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

6 coats in under 12 hours

With all the prep work completed yesterday, Anne and I were able to jump directly into applying Bristol Finish to the brightwork on C'est la Vie.  Anne took on the taping...
 while I began to mix and apply the two part finish.  We also rigged a sun  tarp over the majority of the brightwork to keep the surfaces from becoming too hot.

We've realized much better results, less issues with bubbles, if we can keep the surface in the shade/cool.  With the tape and tarp in place it then became a game of pacing and timing to continue to add wet on wet layers of the finish.  We did get very lucky with the weather.  In the image above note the passing shower in the upper, left corner. By days end we had applied six coats of finish with enough time remaining to avoid losing luster to the evening dew.
  We plan to come back to the larger surfaces (i.e. the companion way cover above) and apply a final topcoat after another round of sanding.

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