Owners in the UK, where I used to live, are reporting that their boats are back in the water. Here in Finland it will be a while yet before it is warm enough to finish filling, fairing, sanding and start painting. In the meantime there is plenty to do.
Last weekend I made a checklist of all the deck fittings using a combination of the list my son made when the fittings were removed last autumn and the new fittings that will be added to or replace them this spring. It may not seem possible on such a small boat but there is a lot to organise. To this end I sketched an aerial view of the boat and indicated where all the fittings will go.
Working from stem to stern I located where each fitting is stored. If necessary I recorded the size and head shape of any new bolts needed. These are mostly for the new fittings but some old ones need replacing. In some cases I will reduce the length of the existing bolts so their undersides protrude less into the forepeak to reduce the hazard for anyone moving about down below. As soon as I find something suitable I will also cap them because they hurt if you forget they are there!
Once each deck fitting is ready it is sealed into a see-through plastic bag, complete with backing plate, nuts, bolts etc. and added to this box for storage until fitting out begins.