Earlier in autumn, we got a good practical tip from a fellow HR 29 sailor to remove the mahogany strips on the sides of the saloon berth and fore peak to clean the top coated fiberglass wall from dust and dirt.

We started to tackle this issue a few weeks ago and found out, that it is surprisingly time-consuming job to unscrew the strips, clean the stubborn dirt and screw the strips back again. However, it is a job that needs to be done from time to time: immidiately when we took out the first strip, we noticed that the white top coat was almost black from all the dust and dirt, that had been collecting there over the years. I guess that during the 22 years of service, this was the first time that the strips were actually removed. Furthermore, the solid fiberglass hull tends to condensate a lot especially at spring and early summer. And although the wooden strips are very practical in keeping the condensation away from the living quarters, all the dust and dirt gets dampen from time to time, which is not particularly a good thing, if you want to keep your boat smelling fresh!

We actually ended up removing every other mahogany strip to save some time and effort. However, I do not know if this was a good idea after all, since cleaning the area under the remaining strips was more difficult and took some additional time.

Now that the job is complete, I can say that it was definitely worth doing. So if you own a boat with a similar kind of structure, I think that it may be a good idea to remove first just a couple of strips to check, how the hidden surface looks behind the strips!
/Antti

Before screwing back the strips, the top coat and wooden surfaces were wiped with some vinegar.