A few weeks ago when we were cleaning the boat for the first time, on our lunch break we went to the supermarket to buy something to eat and Maja spotted a dish washing detergent ‘Čarli’ (Charlie:) on sale. I thought we could use it to wash our hands, but as it turned out, it does so much more…
This time I couldn’t find anyone to help me. Everyone was either working or sailing, so I went to Vrsar on the boat by myself… Charlie was the only one who was helping me. After seeing what Maja did with the kitchen, I decided to clean the whole boat. I tried to apply Čarli to see how it would work… and it was doing a great job, so I used it for everything. I have to admit that cleaning the locker in the bathroom was one of the scariest experiences I had in a long time. IT was completely covered in mould. It was really disgusting, but it had to be done.
I borrowed from my friend Davor a sander and a hot air blower, so I wanted to try how they work, so I can prepare myself for what will be another big job on my list – stripping what is left of the paint and varnish in the interior.
I sanded the main bulkhead. It was going slow and it was actually much more difficult than I thought it would be. I stopped sanding because I realized that I will also need a vacuum cleaner, otherwise the whole boat would end up in a complete mess.
I then tried the hot air blower. I was told that it should strip down the varnish easily, but I had a different experience with that. It worked really well on some places, not so well on other, but I learned that I will have to sand all areas anyway… but I found another great use for it. The interior is all very wet and humid, so the blower worked wonders to for the wood that would otherwise take forever to dry.
Sometimes it was really difficult to find the motivation to keep working because all I see is more work and not much results. I guess it’s always easier to work with someone, so next time I’ll try harder to find some company other that Charlie… 🙂