The Voyage of the Swan
Outfitting: Miscellaneous
“No one likes an ugly boat, no matter how cheap or fast.”

 — Roger Duncan
Removing Cetol from the caprail. The cardboard box catches shavings. The wood sheet protects the fiberglass from the heat gun.
Port side done. It took me 1/4 of it to figure it out: use a good sharp scraper, scrape with the grain and don’t get the wood too hot (it will burn).
In Long Beach the caprail was dinged by the dock box when a strong surge affected the marina for three days while we were away.
Using West System epoxy and filler, we repaired the ding. Now we need to sand and clean the rest of the caprail before varnishing.
After three coats of Cetol Natural Teak. We will rub down and add a maintenance coat in six months.
We did not apply a coat of Cetol Gloss, as some recommend, because we did not want the caprail to be too slick.
We added stainless steel rubbing strakes in high wear areas like at the boarding gates.
We finally decided to varnish the rubrails. Not only do they look better, but they will last longer.
We upgraded to an Origo non-pressurized alcohol stove. No pipes, hoses, pumping or explosion hazard. Works great!
The new rod holder. The old zinc plated one succumbed. Hopefully this one will see many fish.
Rhonda’s new Airis Sport 11 inflatable kayak. Amazingly rigid, and it fits in a backpack. We can stow it below and keep our decks clear.
Our old CQR was showing signs of wear after seven years of heavy use: notice the oblonging of the pin hole.
Our new Manson Supreme. It fits the bow roller perfectly. I drilled a hole to secure it with the fastpins that held the former CQR (Oct 2013).
Startbrite Tropical Oil Sealer. Not the lustrous beauty of varnish, but so much easier to apply and maintain than varnish or Cetol.
We added a Hella fan for the galley to fight the tropical heat. We won’t get black again (shows the dust).
We also put a Calframo Scirocco fan on the main bulkhead. It cost more than the Hella, but has more features and a better build.
Durable chafing gear: canvas double clinch knotted to the line. The canvas gets slick and moves in the hawse, NOT the line in the canvas.
We use big zincs (“fish”) when in marinas . One (right) hangs on the prop zinc by a wire and the other is wired to the gudgeon via the rudder head
I hang the prop “fish” from the prop zinc on the wire shown with a boat hook (safety line to boat). Our fixed zincs now last a lot longer.
Finally! We installed a pelican hook so we can detach the forestay when short tacking for any distance. It required shortening the stay 1.25”.
Detached stay is shackled to the mast such that it doesn’t slap against the mast or kink. The plastic hose doesn’t slip on the stay or shackle.
The pelican hook is attached at the beam cleat with the bagged sail still hanked on. It takes about three minutes to detach or reattach.
Chain markers that outlast the chain. By varying the lengths of the two tails, there are plenty of combinations to mark any chain
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and Practical Sailor, we applied it in January, 2013. It was so easy to do! Now, when it starts to thin (about 4–6 months), we put a maintenance coat on. It takes two hours. This product has worked beautifully! It is the lazy man’s varnish but it holds up in the tropics. It does not provide the lustrous beauty of varnish, but it does provide a non-skid, nice looking, protective coating that is unbelievably easy to apply and maintain. It does not crack, peel or lift. It just slowly wears away. All we’ve done is wash down with a hose, dry and re-coat (picture below).
January, 2012 – Even with maintenance coats in the tropics, the Cetol on the caprail did not hold up. Ditto the varnish in the cockpit. Equatorial sun is brutal. Interestingly, the paint on the eyebrows and grab rails was fine (Pettit Easypoxy “Brightwork Brown”). We removed the varnish and Cetol with a heat gun. The heat gun leaves a very clean surface with only light sanding necessary before re-coating.
October, 2013 – Even with a maintenance coat at six months, the Cetol on the caprail failed to deliver in tropical conditions. So, after hearing raves about Starbrite Tropical Oil Sealer from others