a Cheoy Lee sloop named Bisous

a classic 1965 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27 sloop

progress in the forward cabin

I’ve been working almost exclusively in the forward cabin lately, which I’ve become more and more excited about as I move along. This space, hugely neglected over the last thirteen years, became a catch-all for all my other projects. I find surprises in there almost daily, like some old, original trim stored in there by … read more

the jib sheet cam cleats are installed

I finally finished sanding and varnishing the two cam cleat bases recently. With several coats of varnish on the cockpit coamings, I attached the bases. Additional varnish on the coamings will include these bases. I had filled all the holes last year that the cabinetmaker had incorrectly drilled for the cam cleats. Now I needed … read more

progress with brightwork

The dorade boxes were in pretty bad shape. I started by giving them a teak scrubbing with the TDS liquid teak cleaner product. They each needed a few plugs replaced. Once the plugs were set I sanded them to ready for a first coat of varnish. The mast step base got a similar treatment. Then … read more

more forward grab rail fitting

I’ve completed the fitting of the starboard forward grab rail. I’ve given up on trying to remove the pen marks for now. They don’t sand out. I’ve cut down the port side rail to fit the forward space. I’ve made a cutout for the bottom of the portlight, and an additional wedge for the portlight … read more

the new v-berth cupboards

I’ve put a finish coat of paint on the center panel under the v-berth. I then installed the two side bulkhead panels. I secured them with bronze screws and after filling these in, will cover it all with another coat of finish paint.

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