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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Prepping for Irene or sanding louvers

I ponder the question often... which is my favorite pastime prepping for Hurricane Irene or sanding louvers?

Really what is not to love.  All the media hype and instant access to computer models updated hourly
create a stress the is difficult to define yet very present in myself and everyone locally.  I find focusing on tasks that do not relate to storm preparations nearly impossible, but I'm uncertain how far to take the preparations.  No sense creating additional work if Irene actually stays at sea, but don't want to be caught with my pants down if she knocks on our door.

In preparation, Trish Haitz and I removed C'est la Vie's hard bimini, checked all pads under the jack stands, checked the chains on the jack stands, loaded up the boom, and connected to shore power to charge up the house bank so the bilge pump has plenty of juice.  I plan to head back out to C'est la Vie at least once more before this weekend to finish up the storm prep.

But not to be outdone by my love living in the sights of a hurricane is sanding louvers...
Did someone invent these things simply to challenge those of us who are beginning to feel successful with brightwork?  I have progressed along from lazurette hatches to companion way trim to counter fiddles with small radius curves, but now I encounter louvers.  How does one successfully sand a louver?  Once I get around to applying the Bristol Finish how do I get into the narrow slits without creating runs on the opposite side? 

It has been 15 minutes, better go check Weather Underground Tropical Weather site.

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