Other cosmetic work this year includes varnishing the toerails, handrails, and other teak trim. Topsides got a fresh look with Interlux one-part polyurethane in White Premium Yacht Enamel. We'd toyed with the idea of a darker color, but decided to stay with the white because we were concerned about heat and the potential for delamination on an older boat. Painting was mainly Charlie's job, with Julie acting as his assistant. He found the application process a bit tricky at first. He'd used this type of paint before, but only on flat surfaces where sagging wasn't a problem. He wasn't completely satisfied after the first coat, so he put in a call to our friend, Captain John Brown, who's painted more than his share of boats. John said to switch to "roll and tip" method, and to wipe a little paint thinner on the surface as they moved along the hull, painting with vertical rather than horizontal brush strokes.