|Here are the outside faces of the drop boards after removing the hardware. The bottom two were scraped and sanded by my son and me using a card scraper. This was not very efficient at all.|
|After about 30 minutes of sanding using the random orbit sander and 80-grit paper the drop boards are ready to be cleaned and detail sanded.|
Unfortunately I don't have much more time today but it feels good to get any work done on Bigtooth. I plan to first use Smith's Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer (CPES) then put on a spar varnish before it fully cures to ensure a strong bond between the sealer and finish.
As for the other teak parts, I think I will buy the pre-made teak hand rails from West Marine if they match my old rails. 4/4 teak locally is $30/board foot and that makes buying pre-made rails less money. It will also save me precious time and that is at a premium these days.