Thanks -Mike, Al and Phil- for the welcome.* I look forward to participating in the forum. Boats have been a big part of my life for the last 50 years. We've done a couple of other sailboat projects but started looking for a trawler 4 or 5 years ago. How we ended up with Scout is a longer story than needs to be told here.
Once we got started on the refit there was no stopping and now we're committed.
Phil -*You are correct on Brightside being much easier to work with than the Perfection. I had to go with a 2-part primer over all my epoxy work so I thought what the heck -*I'll try the 2-part poly. Huge learning curve. Especially with all the nooks and crannies on the topside. Screw up and you sand it off and start over. I will say, it is tough stuff. I'm glad I went with it.
Al - My wife Julie spends many hours sanding and cleaning her brightwork. She works miracles with Daly's Seafin Oil too. It's all a labor of love.
Mike - Julie feels the same way as your wife about sailboats and the 'cave'.
We're both ready to get back on the water so we've been going non-stop. Luckily my brother-in-law keeps a boat in Miami Beach we have access to and I get to do (crew)*a delivery now and then. I work for food if the location/trip is interesting.