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Refurbishing the Galley - Part 2 - Disassembly, prepping and refinishing

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Now that the galley Nice and cozy in my Garage, it was time to get down and dirty on it.... that is to continue the demolition... or Dis-assembly in this case.  The first thing that I had to do was to remove the Fiddle rails.  They were held in place using Stainless Steel Screws, covered by Teak Plugs.  Based upon some reading I had done in several different places, the best way to remove the plugs to get to the screws was as follows:

The first thing to do is to drill a hole in the center of the plug, until you  ground out against the screw that is underneath
Then insert a screw, slightly larger than the diameter of the hole you drilled.  and start screwing it in.

The screw will ground out against the screw below and will lift out the plug.... well in theory anyway.  My own experience was that it gave you a good starting point, as the top part of the plug came out in pieces, I then had to go in with a small screwdriver and pry out what was left, until I could clearly see the screw he…

Major Project 1 - Refurbish the Galley - Part 1 Removal

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The weather here in Washington State has turned Cold and wet... not the optimal conditions for sailing, So I decided I would do some many needed projects on the Boat. The first one I wanted to do was to redo the countertops and refinish the fiddle rails and cabinet.  If you don't know what a fiddle-Rail is, It is that wood on the edge of the counter top that keeps things from sliding off in the when the boat rocks.  I hate, hate, HATE that faux wood Formica counter top that came with this boat 36 years ago... I guess it was in fashion then, but it looks awful now.  I scored some basic White Formica at Lowe's at half price because it had a hole in it, but I could work around that... I have seen other Catalinas with white counter tops and it really brightens up the cabin, and makes the Teak rails and cabinet stand out.

So I got by Bro to come down and give me a hand to yank this all out.  Plus he owns a truck and he would help me get this all home...  It was going to be a simple …