I have to start this by saying that we 100% knew we were buying a project boat, and some strange twisted part of us was really looking forward to digging into this particular project.
With the benefit of hindsight, air conditioning, a lot of wine, and 3/4 of the deck still ahead of us… I can say that I’m glad we chose to tackle this project 🙂
Brio II was a very, very leaky boat. We spent our first Thanksgiving onboard running around trying to put pots and pans under the real streamers, while consolidating books and other treasures to the few confirmed “dry” places we could find. I don’t remember a thing about the turkey, but I definitely remember the pots and pans 🙂
Which is why we decided to start at the top with the deck rot, tackling the cabintop, and working our way “down” (ie – to the sidedecks and cockpit) over time. I’d hoped we might get to the sidedecks this summer, but it turns out July-August in South Carolina are HOT and HUMID and FULL of thunderstorms (shocker?) so we’re calling it a win with the cabintop complete, and we’ll pick this project back up a little later.
We’ve since moved Brio II to St Mary’s Boatyard, in Georgia, and are enjoying a bit of time with my family in BC while we wait out hurricane season.
While I can’t say I’m “excited” to continue the deck core replacement, I *am* excited to continue making progress towards a dry, solid, pretty boat! Which is a good thing, given we’ve now finished about 25% of this project 😉