This is purely archival, do not feel obliged to read it.

I am at the boatyard at 8:30 and immediately start to paint.

This is the first real topcoat – just Toplac and thinners. So here is the deal; this paint is very high maintenance.  To achieve a smooth coat, the paint has to be in a good mood.  Toplac likes thinners, but not too much and, you guessed it, not too little.

Heat makes the thinners evaporate very quickly and so, in the high temperature environment in which I work, the paint is constantly changing mood. One moment he/she is smiling and cooperative and then suddenly, he/she is stiff and difficult. I crave low temperature.


I paint the topside for the 4th time.

Tabata san and Kiyuna san foregather to discuss how we can find a high cradle to allow center plate fun.


I would be lost without them.

One of the landmarks, certainly from the sea, of Okinawa are two huge towers/pylons, whose function has always remained secret. So that no one finds out, they are being dismantled.


View from back of boat.

Anyway by 11:30 there is no point carrying on. The paint is unmanageable and I am dizzy from heat exposure.


The message here is, do not paint your boat in high heat. 

Regrettably, it will only get hotter over the next 6 months so I will just have to tough it out if I want to get the boat in the water this year.


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9 Responses to Heat

  1. Rosemary says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. They say now that early risers are healthier so get painting with the lark and get fit as well!

  2. calderi says:

    Has the yard got a launching device – a huge 4 wheel tower thing with slings, that the boat is lifted by?

  3. Alan says:

    Starting work at 8.30am? You sluggard, sir! I note that sunrise is at 5.43am tomorrow so let’s have you at the yard by 6am – we’ll not have any of this lie-abed behaviour here.
    Shame your heading off for a week tomorrow but the sunrise won’t have changed much in that time.

    • Hi Alan, You are right to chide. Remember however the 45 minute drive to get there. When I get back, I think I will sleep on the boat so that I can start as soon as it is light.

  4. Alan says:

    I hadn’t realised that the boat was so far from home. Sleeping on the boat sounds a good idea, if only to check out the working of the onboard facilities – galley, lights, heads etc.

  5. calderi says:

    Cos you can sling her up and put a high pressure water jet up the cracks – might help. Please let me know (in confidence) your waist size.


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