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.

Friday, May 21, 2010

progress on many fronts (a.k.a our first day back to FL)

With many miles now in the mirror and our rental car returned to the Hertz stable, we spent our first full day back in FL making progress on many fronts.

 The day started with a third coat of primer on the generator box and concluded with the application of the first coat of topcoat.  I am using Interlux Brightside Matterhorn White for the box.  C'est la Vie's hull is Matterhorn White by Awlgrip.  Using the Brighside for this project provides the opportunity to test the paint's application & qualities as the clock ticks toward the day when we need to repaint C'est la Vie's topsides.

While the morning coat of primer dried Anne and I drove to Marco, yes more driving, to meet with Bronwen, a local sailmaker.  We picked up or jib on which she had replaced the clew - see image below...

 We were pleased with the quality of the work so we dropped off our genny so that she can replace the aging clew on that sail as well.  While at the sail loft, we discussed options for creating a bimini now that the boom gallows project is nearing completion.  One of the purposes for adding the boom gallows was to provide a stable structure to which we can attach a bimini (A bimini is simply a structure, ususally made from canvas, that provides sun and rain protection for people in the boats cockpit area.)

Returning to Sunset Island in the afternoon, Anne went to work mowing the yard while I began shaping the wooded cross piece for the boom gallows.  I completed the rough cutting and began sanding prior to the onset of bug hour - see image below...
The next step will be to mount the gallows on C'est la Vie to ensure the fit and aesthetics of this piece.  We also need to locate the position for the port and starboard notches for the boom.

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