Some might say that my wife, Kylie Deacon, and I are gluttons for punishment because we cruise the tropics aboard our wooden pride and joy, Meggie, a 48-year-old Cheoy Lee Bermuda 30 ketch built entirely of teak. The maintenance schedule must have been getting light because I decided to tackle a project that had been taunting me for some time: the refurbishing of our somewhat tired-looking-well, to my eyes at least-cockpit sole. Like most cruisers, the cockpit is where we spend 90 percent of our time, and we wanted it to reflect the same level of care as our nicely varnished mizzenmast, cockpit table, bulkheads, tiller, and coamings. Once into it, I realized that this would be an easy way to spruce up any boat-wood or fiberglass. Here's how we did it.
The process was rather straightforward and offered a chance to be creative. In fact, I did all the work at anchor in a fairly calm bay. Although I'm a carpenter by trade and have an arsenal of planes, chisels, slicks, power tools, and the like stowed on board, the tools necessary for the job aren't beyond what you might find aboard most cruising boats or could easily borrow.