Then Gary Ladd stopped in. Gary has had the unique perspective of running with this boat as the Betty Boop, in 1970 and ’71; helping remodel her in the winter of ’74-’75, then accompanying her on several eventful trips as the Great Thumb from 1975 on through the early ’80s. Gary was glad to see her salvaged and had a million insights and stories about the boat, her features, and history.
Roy followed dribbling fine sandblasting sand.
Then I followed him, pulling tape and vacuuming loose sand.
And there you have it. We have turned the boat into fine-grit sandpaper. A couple coats of paint will bring it down to a tough, durable surface that is easy and safe to run around on when wet. Which it will be.
And tonight, the undercoating.
Eager as I am to see the deck turn sky blue, I am going to delay gratification and do the white circumferal stripe tomorrow, and save the blue for either Christmas Eve or for my Christmas present. Meanwhile,