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, April 16, 2013

Installation versus Extraction

Despite the fact that we are now a day behind where I dreamed we would be on the painting project, it feels like we have turned the metaphorical corner.  We are no longer extracting objects from the boat - the gallows, the turtle, the companionway cover, paint, gel-coat, etc.  Yesterday we began re-installing objects on the boat...

Anne added the final coat of paint to the area under the turtle (to save some time & expense we used house paint on this unseen portion of the decks.)

Quite the painting pants...  An homage to the recently deceased Lily Pulitzer.
We are into our second round of adding fairing filler to the cabin trunk.  Fairing the cabin trunk has proven more time consuming than I anticipated.

The red circles identify areas requiring an application of fairing filler.
We applied the initial coat of primer to the turtle and the companion way cover.

Perhaps the day's greatest signal of progress was the installation of the refinished boom gallows crosspiece.

The gallows refinished with 3 coats of epoxy and 8 coats of Bristol Finish
With the  boom resting on the gallows we can drop the topping lift and Dutchman furling system.  This will allow us to more easily set up shade tarps over cabin trunk when painting.

The return of the gallows will also allow us to begin work on fabricating a new piece of fiberglass re-enforced paneling (FRP) for the bimini.  Once the bimini returns then we can begin the installation of the new solar panels.

progress, progress, progress...