Two years ago, Dolphin Dance was already floating in the beginning of May. Last year, she was launched on the 1st of June and this year we are aiming at somewhere in between. At the moment this schedule seems realistic.
The most time-consuming part has been fixing and replacing the teak deck caulking. Basically the whole deck is now checked and all the susceptible caulking has been either removed or dealt with Capt. Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure (See our older blog post on this). I also injected some epoxy under the teak deck to fill up empty spaces, where water could be pooling. Removing and cleaning the old caulking is incredibly time-consuming, but filling the seams is on the other hand pretty straight-forward job.
During the countless hours of kneeling on the deck, I have wondered the whole rationale behind having a wooden deck in a fiberglass boat. Well, hopefully the coming years will be easier in this respect, since after all, teak deck is almost maintenance free, if it is kept in good condition. On the other hand, I like the looks of a silver grey deck, and hopefully walking on a warm wooden deck on a nice sunny day will make it worth the effort.
The propellor is now removed, since zinc anode needed to be changed. Also all the cockpit locker lids are now removed, since they need to have new seals. More about this later.
How about you, when are you planning to launch or have you already?
/Antti & Minna