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, March 1, 2013

Slowly brushing forward on the interior brightwork

Nearly one month has passed since my last post.  I made steady progress on the interior wood in the first couple weeks of February.

Before and After...  four coats of Bristol Finish
Work commitments and rainy days have slowed down the progress in late February.  

I have chosen to use Bristol Finish on the interior wood.  We use Bristol Finish on the exterior wood and are typically pleased with the outcome.  Using the same product on all C'est la Vie's wood reduces the number various chemicals we need to carry aboard when traveling.   For the interior wood I am applying three coats wet on wet, allowing the finish to dry completely, sanding with  220 to 400 grit paper, and then applying a final top coat.

A galley cabinet door with the final coat drying.
I prefer to work on trim, drawers, and cabinet doors that are easily removed outside the boat.  Since we have quite a few bugs here in the Everglades, I typically set up a large screen tent as an outside work space.

Starboard salon cabinetry and trim ready for the first three coats.
 Much of the trim work either refuses to budge or is simply easier to refinish in place.  

I hope to commit a few full days to the trim and cabin sole in early March.