Finally the weather permitted starting spring maintenance at the boat - the topsides of S/Y Dolphin Dance are now washed with a boat shampoo to get rid of the easily removable dirt and grime that has accumulated there during the winter lay-up. The boat has been well covered during the winter so the topsides look pretty good after this first stage. Thus, this year we are trying a little bit different method and will skip the most labour intensive clean & polish stage and opt for Hempel's Cleaning Powder instead. The powder, which is based on oxalic acid, is mixed with some water and the paste is applied with a brush to the surface, left for 15 - 20 minutes and then rinsed with fresh water. Sounds easy...I am hoping that it will bring sufficient results before waxing. Let's see if it works.