What a difference varnish makes!

Furiends I love Nocturne and ALWAYS think she looks beautiful, but it must be said when we keep up with the woodwork on board she looks like a million dollars!

This is what she looked like before I set the humans to work. After a long winter she was crying out for some TLC…


The humans had to strip the old varnish off the wood and give it a light sanding.

Stripping the wood

Lots of hard work

Stripped wood.

Then once everything was prepped the varnishing began! It’s a very time consuming job and required LOTS of supervising but I’m so happy with the results.


We’ve put teak oil on the toe rail and the bow I’m very pleased with how nice it looks too.

Teak oil on the toe rail

Beautiful bow

There are still a few areas that need finishing off but I’m very happy with how Nocturne is looking. Of course now that the teak looks so pawesome it really shows up how dirty the stanchions are it’s one thing after the other on a boat. The stanchions, although time consuming, are easy to get polished and looking great. (My mum actually even quite enjoys it, if she’s in the right mood, so I’m hoping to get them done ASAP.) I blogged about it once before here… I’m sure I can get them looking shiny and new again in no time! Here’s a previous before and after shot.

Stanchions before and after!

Bisous, Bailey


  1. What type of varnish do you use? Last time I did ours it didn’t even last 6 months before peeling. Very frustrating.

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    • We use a brand called Spinnaker that we find here in Italy. It’s a big job to keep on top of, we probably don’t get much more than 6 months either. If only someone would create one that’s UV resistant!


  2. Huge difference, looking really pawsome!! Can you use a high speed buffing/polishing wheel on the stainless?

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  3. Hard work, but she looks beautiful.

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  4. That new varnish looks great! When my human saw the photos of them being worked on, she could almost smell the stripping agent – it’s one that is familiar to her from past projects.

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  5. The Swiss Cats says:

    Pawsome ! That hard work was worth of it ! The Nocturne look beautiful ! Purrs

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  6. kittiesblue says:

    Dear brofur, you are a hard taskmaster. Looks as if the humans have been working there fingers to the bone. Very nice results! XOCK from your brofur and sisfurs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  7. Noccy is certainly looking FABULOUS Bailey! You’re doing a great job of snoopervising the work on the boat and soon you all will be sailing the 7 seas!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  8. oohh squeals – beautiful! XOXO – Bacon

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  9. Ooooooo!
    Your ship is really looking ship shape!
    You did a pawsome job of snoopervising 😉
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  10. The Nocturne is looking good!

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  11. Dear Bailey, You have done a pawsome job of supervising the refurbishments to Nocturne! Keep your fur clean!! Pat

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  12. Stunning my friend, Monty x


  13. She sure is singing now!

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  14. mistletoeandhitch says:

    Our HuMom says she thinks boats are quite like human females and caring for a boat like housework. They look best after a bit of priming and one chore leads to another!

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  15. Love the before and after pics, Bailey!

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  16. Great before and after pictures. Clearly a lot of hard work has gone into making this boat beautiful again. You may be interested to read this article on how to cut down varnishing time, without compromising of quality, using epoxy as a base: http://www.epoxycraft.com/trade-secret-save-time-varnishing-first-sealing-timber-epoxy/


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