Another beautiful day in the low 80s. I worked on the blog until the dew was evaporated off of the boat exterior. Then I used 120 grit sandpaper to sand the sides of the hull from the toe rail to the rub strip. This area had some chipping along the rub strip from all of the abuse on lock walls and in locks. As I was not able to use a sander I used a paint scraper in the chipped areas and then hand sanded it smooth.
I washed and then used tack cloth on everything then taped the edges so painting would be easy. Now it was time to paint. I used the same Brightside paint I had used on the cabin sides way back in April at Fairton. I do think the end result looks pretty good.
I had been standing on the finger pier on the starboard side of the boat when I finished so was climbing back on the boat to begin the clean up process. I stepped from the pier to the boat cockpit floor with my left foot while facing forward. I then turned to my left and stepped right into a hatch I had left open in the cockpit sole. Instantaneously my left leg dropped about three feet into the bilge. I had the paint can in one hand and the paintbrush in the other. Paint went flying from the can all over the cockpit and everything I had setting out like a vacuum cleaner and extension cord plus our deck furniture.
I put down the paint can then checked my leg and nothing seemed to be broken so I slowly maneuvered out of the hole and tried to stand. I was able to put the leg straight down and put pressure on it but when I did this I began to feel faint. I laid down on the YETI cooler for a while until feeling better and then stood, picked up the paint can to begin the clean up process. I took one step and my leg caved on me and, once again, paint went flying from the can onto the door jam and more floor. What a mess.! Now I felt faint again so laid down on the cabin sole for a while. When I felt better again I found my cell phone and called Vicki who was at the pool to ask for some help.
She came and we cleaned up the cabin sole and other spots here and there in the cabin I made from having paint on my hands when I was staggering around. I decided it would be best to let the paint all over everything in the cockpit dry before trying to clean it up as trying to wipe it up on the teak sole would just smear it around into the wood grain and make a bigger mess. I was counting on the fact that I had just oiled the teak yesterday and hoping this would prevent the paint from soaking into the wood.
After cleaning myself with paint thinner I tenderly limped to the marina showers and finished cleaning myself. I found that putting pressure on the leg vertically wasn’t too bad but any sideways pressure and the leg just caved in.
We had planned on going to Patti’s for dinner with two other couples. This is the famous restaurant in the area and seemingly a must event. Hanging on to things and people I was able to limp to the courtesy pick up van and into the restaurant where we all had a super time and I had the most incredible and tasty two inch thick pork chop I had ever had. It was back to the boat and to the rack. I found that I could maneuver my leg in bed without too much pain so got a reasonable night’s sleep. All in all this was not one of my better days but I sure felt good about the paint in the areas it was supposed to be.