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, July 3, 2011

meanwhile back on C'est la Vie

I was able to put in a couple hours of work at the boat this morning.  My efforts went into prepping the head and vee berth lockers for painting.  I rely heavily on on Don Casey's, This Old Boat for guidance on boat projects.  Don suggests painting lockers as a method of perfecting painting techniques prior to moving on to more visible areas of the boat.  The first step in his outlines is to scrub the fiberglass surfaces with a TSP solution.  TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) is effective at removing mildew and greasy residues from hard surfaces.  Here is a series of before ==> during ==> after images from the locker the houses C'est la Vie's holding tank.

Before - The holding tank rests on the bare wooden shelf and is held in position by the grey bands.  I am going to attempt to fit in a larger tank.  New tank or not - I plan to remove the wood shelf and create a more finished and substantial mount.

During - The TSP is packaged as a granular powder that must be mixed with water.   I scrubbed the hull with the TSP solution, right bucket; then used a sponge to wipe the area down with fresh water, left bucket.  I continued to rinse with clean water until the fresh water remained clear after my wipe down. This took several cycles.  I also used the shop vac to suck up water that pooled in any areas.  Some water worked its way to the bilge.  At the end of my cleaning session I used a water hose to rinse the bilge.
After - still have some sanding to do, but the TSP did a great job of removing mildew and dirt.

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