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Meditation through sanding

I had a bit of a scare this week. For the past few months, my blood pressure has been steadily climbing for no apparent reason.. at least no physical reason. The actual reason it is climbing is due to stress at work. As I tend to be the quiet and sympathetic one in our crew, I tend to collect everyone’s problems as they are dumped on me.. the problem is, I can never let go of them. This culminated with a blood pressure reading that send me to the Doctor.

First reading was 165 over 90.. not a good number. After a quick EKG (which came out perfect) a second BP reading saw me peaked at 205 over 100.. I was deep into dropping dead with a stroke area here. After being left in the room for 20 minutes to relax, a third reading saw it drop down to 150 over 75.. which was where it was back in January when they did the health checks at work for our insurance.

According to my doctor, this more or less proves it is all stress related. I tend to agree.. so I need to work on that while we plan more tests to make sure.

So, in an effort to get more “fun” and Meditative stuff into my life, I took advantage of the first warm day in two months to get some serious work done on Flirt.

While I waited for the epoxy to dry in the cabin, I sat atop her foredeck and ground off the anti-slip and gelcoat. While the anti-slip was well bonded to the glass, it did not look like it was molded in when Flirt’s glass work was done, but more like it had been added after the fact. This gave it a cheap look that had to go.

As seen after I removed all her hardware, this was Flirt’s foredeck a couple of months ago:
Clean Foredeck

Now it looks a lot worse for wear. with ripples across the glass where my grinder unevenly sanded away the anti-slip and gelcoat in quick order:

ground down foredeck

Next I need to finish pulling the gelcoat and anti-slip off to at least the cabin area, then I can get to work epoxying some carbonfibre to Flirt’s deck for strength. A second layer of just epoxy will allow me to sand everything nice and smooth as the day paint touches my Sprite’s hull get’s ever closer.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

2 Comments

  1. Jorge says

    Everything is very open with a precise clarification of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is very helpful.

    Thank you for sharing!

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