That’s the answer to the question we’ve been asked many times. The conversation is set in motion by another Saga 43 sailboat coming into sight. Waves and knowing glances are first exchanged from one cockpit to another across the water.
When at last there is verbal contact between the two boats, the conversation almost always progresses as follows— “Nice lookin’ boat you got there,” one of the two parties calls out with a grin. It’s a cheesy introduction but one that is perfectly acceptable within the cruising world. In short order “the question” is put out there. “What’s your hull number?” Now, why is this important, you ask. A reasonable question. A boat with a hull # in the single digits may have been built “before the little tweaks that were later discovered to be advantageous, were built in.” A boat built near the end of the production may have had subtle changes made to the design which were either a good thing, or a bad thing and this spawns yet a different sort of discussion.
|Brass door handles after polishing|
Those sailboat owners really know how to take care of a boat! The cabin sole (floor) was perfect; all the woodwork inside the boat was satiny and shining. The brass handles, hinges and knobs gleamed. The stainless steel was shiny. In short, Hull #1 was awesome! Hull #48, by comparison, was decidedly not. After seeing the beauty of Hull #1, a truly well-cared for boat, inside and out, I recognized that Northern Star also has that same beauty within her. We had allowed it to fade by benign neglect. She needed some good old-fashioned elbow grease. I discovered a compulsion to polish brass. The drive to make our boat shine struck home with a vengeance.
|Badly tarnished bell hanger|
First off, my old standby, liquid Brasso did not do as good a job for me as Prism Polish. Prism Polish is a thick paste, sold in marine supply stores. It comes in 8 oz. and 16 oz. jars and is not easy to tip over. It was easy to apply with a cloth, paper towel or Q-tip. Smells pretty decent, too.
|The beauty hidden beneath the tarnish|
|Our porthole mirror gleams!|
|Nav station desk hinges|
|Nav station cupboard fasteners|