you should know before you lay down a bead on your boat.
By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — April 2001
As a kid I could never color within the lines. In fact I had no artistic skill whatsoever, a sad state of affairs. How my coiled-clay bowl defied gravity escapes me to this day.
of precision also caused me to be awestruck as I watched my pop lay down
a perfect bead when recaulking the deck on our 31-footer. He would occasionally
urge me to try my luck, but I always wound up with sticky black hands
as I attempted to clean up the globs and blobs of gooey caulk and sealant.
It looked as if I'd tarred a roof, and this stuff didn't come
off all that easily. Why did this caulk have to be black, I'd wonder.
Why couldn't it be clear? At least then my feeble attempt at a clean
bead wouldn't have looked like I'd put it down during an earthquake.
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.