New Tools

1/10/08 I have just purchased a Bosch 6 inch random orbit sander and a Fein 8 inch random orbit sander both with dust collection ports. Vacuum collection while sanding is the way to go I have found out. I have to say the $280.00 Bosch is easier to handle and takes off material faster than the $800.00 Fein. Another drawback on the Fein is that the sandpaper that fits this machine is outrageously expensive. I wish I would have purchased just the Bosch. The bosch is easy to control and there is little chance to gouge the hull with this sander. Time will tell if the Fein makes the grade. Oddly enough, I found the best price from Amazon. I received a sail quote from North Sails. $8,000 will get me a new main, 150% furling jib, and a gennaker. Money is starting to pour into this boat.

My three workhorses

My sanders Bosch random orbit sander- the most versatile of the three. A must have tool for boat work. Festool orbital sander-great tool that is easy to handle and many uses. Fien 8 inch random orbit sander-my least favorite of the three and would not have purchased if I knew what I know now.