It's only a matter of weeks now before we start to call this old boat "home." In some ways it feels like we have been working on her forever, and we thought that this day would never come. But on the other hand, time flew by and I can't believe that we've already accomplished so much!
Let's take a look at some of our before and after shots:
We bought Winbrandt during the winter, and we spent most of those long, cold months sanding and refinishing all of the teak interior. ALL of it. To be perfectly honest, once we started... we wished we hadn't. It took forever. But, it really does look nice now. Riley built the beautiful new table, complete with an inlaid compass rose, and my mother in law sewed new covers for our cushions.
With just a few pennies, Riley built the new doors himself, and they really changed the whole appearance of the cockpit (not to mention making entering and exiting so much easier). This is when we finally felt like some of our hard work was starting to make a noticeable difference! He also cleaned up that side over there with the broken electronics. He's installed a few others since the picture was taken.
Once the weather started getting a little nicer, Winbrandt got a good cleaning and polishing, a fresh coat of bottom paint and a new boot stripe before going back into the water.
And these were (mostly) just the cosmetic changes! You can read about all of the other projects we tackled (well, the ones that made onto the blog, anyway) under the repairs and restorations tab.