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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

80 grit, 120 grit, 220 grit... gett'n gritty with it.

60 minutes with a circular and a jig saw was the prelude to a couple of hours of sanding on the gallows going from 80 grit, to 120 grit, to 220 grit per the instructions on the Bristol Finish.  The image below is from my preferred sanding work area the back porch of the lodge (and, yes we are in the process of repairing the riding mower or have we installed a rocket and the Husky is prepped for launch?)

I have previously used Bristol Finish on C'est la Vies bright work and am pleased with the longevity of the finish and the ability to apply multiple coats, wet on wet.  By applying the two part finish wet on wet four coats can be applied in a single day without sanding between coats.

Below is an image of the completed gallows cross piece.
 With the gallows ready for finishing, I turned my attention to the joinery work necessary to complete the air tight box for storing the generator below decks.  Complete the fabrication of the wooded trim and lid will allow me to apply Bristol Finish to the wood on both projects at the same time.
 In the foreground of the image above  the lid is dry clamped together to test the fit.  In the background is the box.  I have applied blue painters tape to the lower section in preparation for  attaching the base trim with epoxy.  I don't want to nail or screw the trim onto my airtight box...

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