Order Placed for Taylors (no apostrophe) Cooker and a Lotta Stripping

This morning I sent John Gardner and Cat £500 as a deposit on the Taylors 030 Stove and Oven.

Taylors model 030 kersosene stove and oven (parafin cooker)
Taylors model 030 kersosene stove and oven (parafin cooker)

It will be here some time in March… Jennifer and I will be gone for all of February, so that is the earliest we can take delivery.

http://taylorsheatersandcookers.co.uk

When I tore apart the head, I removed the partition between the head and the main cabin hoping there would be access to the underside of the head insert. I was quite wrong.

Head minus partition
The head with the partition containing the door removed.

But, since I had the partition off, it seemed like it was the perfect time to refinish that partition and repaper at least the headliner panels.

All are home with me.

The head partition and headliner panels at the apartment.
The head partition and headliner panels at the apartment.

Today I spent a bunch of hours – many more than expected – stripping the partition. I decided to leave the door to another time. Part of the reason for not refinishing to door is that I that want to have the boat back together by the Sunday breakfast I host whenever I’m in town.

Last week for the first time, I hosted on someone else’s boat: Harrison’s and Nikki’s Union 36,

The late Terry Bingham’s SecretOLife Union 36
The late Terry Bingham’s SecretOLife Union 36 (click to read a review)

which is also undergoing serious renovation.

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Harrison vacuuming out his 4-foot deep bilge

The stripping went as it normally does, heating up the entire room, reminding me that stripping is just the first step before trying to bleach the water stains, and then sanding and the three initial coats of Epiphanes before we even get to the first full coat.

The magic Epiphanes amber-colored, clear varnish we use almost everywhere.
The magic Epiphanes amber-colored, clear varnish we use almost everywhere.

Visible in places that were not exposed to air or sun was the original teak finish. It is the flat brown that appears in the brochures. It is that same flat brown that teak conditioners stain everything. It is not the warm amber that I think of for yacht interiors (and is the color Epiphanes clear varnish).

Stripping the partition between the head and the main cabinet
Stripping the partition between the head and the main cabinet

Stripping is something that took me a bit of time to learn to do properly. Initially, I would heat the varnish until it blistered, which just resulted in a lot of burned wood. Properly done, the varnish is still quite viscous and pulls out of the grain of the wood.

Needless to say something has to go wrong, and this time it was a screw for one of the door hinges that would not come out of the door frame. I’ll need to drill it.

BTW, good varnish is worth it. I like Epiphanies, but if nothing else pay attention to the amount of solids in the varnish. The coats won’t buildup if the varnish is mostly solvent.

Author: johnjuliano

One-third owner of Caro Babbo, co-captain and in command whenever Caro Babbo is under sail.

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