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Getting down to the nitty gritty details…..

The beginning of our Great Loop adventure is a little over a month away, and the “to do” list is getting a little shorter. If you ask most cruisers, they’ll tell you that they always have project lists and it never seems to be finished. Many of our cruiser friends tell us that they work […]

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Island Time’s Deck – KiwiGrip time

When we bought Island Time, one of the first things we noticed were the decks. Unlike many other trawlers, Island Time didn’t have teak decks. She probably had them at one time but were replaced with fiberglass and a diamond finish. We were glad the teak decks had been replaced but the decks didn’t look […]

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Teak, teak and MORE teak

After refinishing the mast, the next project was much bigger, all the teak cap rails, gunwales, bow pulpit and Samson post, 2 sets of steps to the bridge, handrails on the aft cabin and trim on the brow — whew!  Makes me tired thinking about it. We worked on the boat in sections, following the […]

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The Teak project begins…

One of the big maintenance projects for many trawlers is teak.  Teak is a beautiful wood that has been used in the marine industry for many years because it is very durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions. On Island Time, all of the exterior teak was in need or refinishing or painting.  One of […]

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New Canvas and Sunshades

Surviving the hot Florida summers presents some challenges for liveaboards.  So a big priority for us was sun shades for the windows to cut down the heat radiating through the windows, and new canvas. When we decided to purchase a trawler, one consideration was to buy a new industrial sewing machine so that I could […]

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Dinghy Restoration

On our project list, is applying a new “skin” of Liquid Rubber on our 10 year old Nautica Rib Dinghy.  The hypalon on the dinghy was wearing thin and there were several patches we wanted to cover as well.  Here are the “before” pictures: We purchased Liquid Rubber from West Marine for the project.  Preparing the dinghy is […]

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