Elbow Grease

'Elbow Grease' is a term known very well by anyone with a boat. It takes a lot of effort to keep a boat looking nice otherwise, they do begin to deteriorate very quickly indeed. Hence why we're always keeping on top of cleaning where Bandit is concerned.

The main jobs this week have been:

1) Compounding and polishing the top using an electric polisher. We don't like to use this polisher as it flicks white compound spots literally everywhere. It goes all over the pontoon, windows, canopy and even bits like the wiper blades and stainless handrails. It almost seems like it does too much damage to even bother using it. But on the other hand, you would never get the same result doing the compounding by hand. You'd have to go over the same bits 50 times by hand to get the same results. So with that, we took the risk and used the polisher. As we guessed, it splattered white bits over every inch of the boat. BUT that polisher did wonders for the gel coat. It's now like a mirror with the addition of a few coats of polish. We've spent a good few hours of our time getting both the port and starboard sides done. We then spent another view hours removing all the white compound spots from...well...everywhere.

Clean once again!

2) Cleaning up the white lifelines through the stainless pulpit. Over the years, these became dirty and stained. No matter what product we used to try and clean the lifelines, this staining would not budge. The only last thing we could do was rub it down using some fine wet-and-dry sandpaper. That's exactly what I've done. I purchased a couple of sheets of 240grit Wet&Dry sandpaper from our marina chandlers and got a small bucket of water. After tearing bits of W&D off and wetting it, I then slowly rubbed the lifelines until they were all white again. It's amazing what a difference it's made to the overall look of the boat. I didn't really think it was going to make a difference but I'm glad I was patient and rubbed it all back. Another job complete!
The difference in colour of the lifeline, before and after sanding

Other than completing jobs, we have been using the boat. And what some beautiful evenings we've had this week! We've also heard from the company refurbishing Bandit's starboard engine distributor and we expect to receive it tomorrow, ready to fit on Saturday. Another post coming on further details...
A sunny day at The Quayside, Saint Ives
A fab sunset while returning to the marina

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