The weather was almost perfect for varnishing the exterior wooden parts of ‘Sandpiper’. In a little over an hour the job was done. The only thing that will require a third coat is the rudder stock. On parts of it I took back the old varnish to the bare wood, and I think four coats will be the minimum for them, especially the lower edges that come into contact with the water when the boat is afloat. The sliding hatch, handrails and washboards are all good for the remainder of the season, and into the next.