It took me a few weekends to work from stem to stern with 240 grit—sanding a section, vacuuming up the dust, hitting the spots I missed, and moving on to the next place. On Saturday, I started in with the 320. The surface is starting to feel really smooth to the touch, and it's about ready for varnish. But my sanding days aren't nearly over. Once I've finished with the 320 and completed some epoxy repairs on the rails and other places, I'll apply the varnish. But in between coats, I'll have to sand the whole boat again. Ugg. Imagine that: looking at your reflection in a newly varnished surface you spent weeks preparing, only to mar it again with a fresh sheet of sandpaper. Sounds like a punishment handed down by Zeus himself—forced to sand and varnish the same 17-foot boat for eternity.