Keith and I are doing some major debating lately about which projects should come first. Luckily we had a little extra cash come in so now we can debate with earnest (vs halfheartedly). Our primary conflict point is that I want roller furling and a new head sail. I hate dropping that heavy sail when the seas are bumpy and the wind is building....I love the freedom of being able to take in some sail easily from the cockpit. For Steadfast in particular, going out on the bowsprit to haul down a hanked sail is a wee bit sketchy. I'm not a sailing barbie or anything but I think that if it helps us sail safer as a family then it should be a top priority. Keith is just having a very hard time with the price tag. I agree, the cost of the furling unit is pretty mind blowing (~3-4k) so I understand where he is coming from but I think it is a worthwhile investment and will make sailing that much more enjoyable. We still have time and the debate will go on I'm sure for the next few months until Keith can get out to California and get some quotes and start to get his hands dirty. Then we'll see who wins the debate!
I received a very pleasant email today, the folks that rented our home last year are interested in renting it again for the full summer. That is fabulous news for me because I don't have to go through the trouble of trying to find a renter and they left the house immaculate. It's a really big relief to not have to worry about that. Now on to other things to fret about...boat project priorities. Keith really wants to take on the fuel tank project. All I can say is that I'm super glad I'm not dealing with that stinky project. I want the teak put back on the bow pulpit so the kids can enjoy the space up there. I guess we need a new back-stay too but that shouldn't be too big a deal. My big BIG wish would be roller furling and a new head sail. Man....I forgot how totally cumbersome sails were without the furling unit. I've been spoiled and now I've decided I want to be spoiled again but yee gads those setups are expensive! Keith said he's going to do a bit of shopping around at the boat shows to see what's available. With regards to the sail, the Bumfuzzle's said they were pretty happy with their new set and since they have the same boat as ours it's a close estimate on what is would cost. I get giddy just thinking about how much easier life will be with that one change.
I'm the wife of the captain, a mother of three boys and a PM in the corporate world. This blog is my view of life and activities related to our boat.