One of the beautiful features of the Endeavour sailboat is the teak parquet sole. Hand lain teak blocks were installed at the factory by the craftsmen. Starting under the V-berth it runs all the way back to the bulkhead separating the main cabin and engine room, even under the settees and galley cabinets.
As most equipment of vessels from the 70's, nothing lasts forever. The original coating has long since been gone. At some point a previous owner or hired help coated the sole with an inferior product. A flawed spot behind the door to the V-berth stood out. It was an eyesore of where the applicator laid down a paint brush onto the wet varnish. The brush must have been forgotten because bristles remained, after all this time, fixed to the deck.
This is one job that the crew and Captain (me and me) has dreaded. It has been put off numerous times. The eyesore would taunt me from behind the door. Laughing, name calling, flaunting itself when family or friends would visit. It was embarrassing. Finally it was time to bite the bullet.
The small hatches were assaulted first. Then the biggest hatches fell leading up to the immovable sole. The sander was strapped with 40 grit paper and connected to a negative air machine. Keeping the sander clear of dust can double the life of each sanding disk. That means saving money in the long run. Two days and one Red Bull was used to sand the entire sole.
If you have a keen eye you may have noticed the companion way washboards and another piece of wood in one of the pictures. I thought three birds with one stone would be best.