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boat tip #1: removing sticky residue from the deck

Did you know that you’re not supposed to put duct tape on the exterior of a boat?

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I did not know that. In an effort to seal up the boat before leaving on my long road trip back in October, I duct taped small pieces of tarp over each porthole (window). I had one helluva time getting the duct tape off. In one of my rants about everything I’m hating about working on the ports, someone gave me a really great tip which just saved me a lot of hassle.

Did you know that WD-40 and a metal scraper will remove the sticky stuff of the duct tape like nobodies business? I had previously tried acetone, which works after oh.. forever. If you didn’t know this, now you do.

The sun is finally out and the boat is dry, so the work on the ports continues!

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preparing for stormageddon

No, I’m not referring to recent protests happening in the PRoB (People’s Republic of Berkeley). Yet another reason I am glad I don’t live there anymore.

I have a weather app on my phone that has issued 13 warnings for me in the last week. No matter what day it was, AccuWeather really wanted me to know what was going to happen between Wednesday evening into Thursday evening. I had no idea what the big dealio was until I actually read through the red (!) (!) (!) notifications.

WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS AROUND 50 MPH FOR URBAN LOCATIONS WINDS OF 30 TO 50 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS GREATER THAN 80 MPH

IMPACTS: WIDESPREAD DOWNED TREES…FALLING POWER LINES CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE…

Aaah, ok. Another storm. No big deal, right? We’ve had 50 MPH gusts through the area in the last three years. Right guys?? No? Oh… Oh dear.

I’ve become increasingly frustrated with my porthole situation. Every day I get a little more defeated. Today I was going to finish the portholes on the starboard side, but guess what? The screws I removed from the frames won’t go back in. (Some keep spinning, or others won’t go in all the way. Many broke off when attempting to remove them.) Because there was Sikaflex everywhere, I didn’t want to start drilling/picking out the rot/epoxying/drill another hole. OK fine, boat. You win. You will have no starboard portholes this week.

The frames with the new glass are ready to be put back on, although I still need the gaskets. I was trying to get this done before stormageddon, which initially I thought was just going to be a couple of days of rain. But with 50 MPH gusts? How the heck are my tarps going to stay on and keep the water out?!?! That’s my real dilemma. I borrowed weights from a neighbor and will spend tomorrow gearing up for a low grade hurricane.

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To blow off some steam, I took the dogs for a long walk and took some photos of the beautiful sunset. I explored a new area I handn’t been to yet and met another guy walking his dog. I asked if there was a beach nearby where the dogs could run around. He led me to this hidden paradise! Le sigh. I lost my boat battle this week, but when all else fails I still have this. If anyone has any tips for gearing up for a storm, I’d love to hear it!

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