I don't like only getting half the story.
In today's society of 24 hour news cycles, instant information, infotainment and in for a dime, in for a dollar infomercials shilling miracles for four easy payments, we are all easily enticed by the claims....
....but the results? That's the other half of the story we rarely get.
And I have been just as guilty as Ron Popeil.
See, I've merrily
.... but, largely, didn't let you know how well the aforementioned has performed.
It's time to pull back the curtain and write the other half of the story. In no particular order, here's the low-buck low-down.
The retrofitted plywood floor started to delaminate at the edges within two months of it's May installation. By the end of September, it was seriously compromised. I can't fault the materials however- this miss is strictly user error. I rushed and cut corners and, as it always does, it bit me in the butt. I scrimped on the epoxy coating, and then scrimped again on the varnish topcoat schedule, and then further scrimped by not properly drilling and potting the hardware. This winter, I will find the time to do it right.
Moral of the story: If you haven't got the time and/or money to do it right, you will have to make the time and/or money to do it again.
Five seasons on, it is still doing it's job, with no deterioration of function and only mild weathering of appearance. The table has only needed to be revarnished once, while the brackets have been recoated twice.
V-berth hatch awning:
It has faded, and needed some restitching, but the hatch tent has done it's job in all weather. Preventing this project from being an unqualified hit is the stitching failure, but, again, this is a human error issue not a material problem. The solution is to restitch with better, UV-resistant, outdoor type, thread.
It has darkened, but has not failed. No broken slats, no peeling finish, no issues at all. Has been revarnished once in four seasons.
$2 PV LED insect trap:
This thing was so useless I didn't even bother writing about it. Allegedly an LED insect trap powered by a photovoltaic cell, it failed to attract more than a handful of insects on both Whiskeyjack and Ed's Siren, after I passed it onto him, thinking he may have better luck. It was only a $2 investment, but that's $2 that would have been better spent on citronella candles or mosquito coils.
Four seasons on, she has weathered, but not failed. As seen above, she will finally need some significant refinishing this winter, but considering the materials used and the inexperience of the builder, I am pleased that she has held up as well as she has. Unfortunately, although Chirp met and even exceeded her design brief, she proved to be unsuitable as a Dock and swim-ladder- boarded dinghy. Chirp proved to be an excellent straight tracking beach-launched rowing and light outboard dory, but she was a handful to board otherwise, prone to tipping would-be occupants into the drink.
More to come.
"Talk the Dock!"