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Teak Deck Oyster 406 Week 65. Going into the new year it is time to take stock of the Oyster 406 project. It has become apparant that I am beyond getting her ready for a circumnavigation and have moved into a restoration project. I have no idea why but each job has had to be done to perfection. Not a single bolt, screw or nut removed has been refitted. Instead they have been replaced with new A4 and I now have several tubs full of old stainless fittings. I must get into ebay this year. Taking stock of my white board seen on the right, shows the "Jobs Done" list considerably longer than the "Jobs to Do" column on the right. Additionally the jobs done list includes all the big ones, Teak Deck, Generator, Water Maker, Air Con, Chain Plates and Washing Machine. Another observation I have come to is that suddenly jobs become smaller and are more satisfying as they become completion jobs. And so to this week end. My wife had the seasonal flu so I didn't have my usual support. The guard wires were all replaced, the anode bolts changed and the galley sink sealed in place. I have also been preparing for the engine team to come on board in a couple of weeks by cleaning up and fitting the new fuel filter. Jobs on the engine and drive chain include engine service, replace stern gland and cutlas bearing. It is also getting time to get the upholsters ready to refit all the bedding and seat cushions. My wife took great delight in taking a swatch of the material recommended (as with any women it turned out she chose the most expensive) and subjecting it to every stain she could find. That included biro, expresso coffee, cumin, turmeric, red nail polish and red wine. These were all subjected to milton and jiff cream and I have no idea how the suede like material looked exactly the same at the end of it all. It gives me some confidence that the near white material chosen to brighten things up will not wear too badly or mark easily. I am now making plans for the launch and finding a home port for Sephina. I am also looking forward to sailing my own yacht after nearly 25 years of sailing charter and friends' boats. And yes, for anyone who believes the old wive's tale that the only two days of yacht ownership that are enjoyable are the day of purchase and the day of sale, rest assured this is entirely rubbish. I have enjoyed every day so far and I haven't even sailed her yet! New Years resolution "To get fit" so I can climb up the 35 mast steps with ease!