We survived another Holiday with friends and family and cookies and presents and food and SNOW on Christmas day sooooo what does that mean in our household? It means we start planning for the year and assessing the boat and prioritizing projects. Sounds exciting doesn't it? NOT! Actually it's one of those stresses in our marriage that we seem to muddle through.
So what's on the list this year? Well....I still would like new sails and most especially a roller furling head sail. That was on last years list but got bumped off by Molly's exorbitant back surgery bill. Top of Keith's list is to replace one of the fuel tanks, the one that is totally corroded and which we can't use at all right now. His plan is to replace with a molded plastic of some sort then move the fuel line off the tank we currently use (the less corroded of the two and one without a hole in it) so we'll have one good tank at least. That is a dirty, stinky project! A new addition to the list is to pull the mast and have it completely overhauled. That sounds fabulous but I'm not sure how we are going to tackle it. I'm thinking that this is a project we can have someone else do while it's still winter time around here. I did contact the marina today to get a quote and they already suggested it had many dollar signs attached to it. We'll see what the quote comes in at though.
I know for sure I need to finish painting the bottom of the boat. Last year I only got the water line and down about 4-5 ft, I figured the paint was pretty good so this was just a precaution to go over the area where the sun hits the most. I was amazed to see how much growth was on the bottom where I didn't paint so I'll be going over that area with the sloughing stuff that seemed to work marvelous where it was applied. Another on my list is the refrigeration, the fiberglass in the bottom of the fridge has completely failed and needs to be rebuilt. That's not something I want to take on either so maybe I'll see if the yard can give me a quote. Keith is actually pretty handy at the glass-work but again it comes down to how much can one man do before it's time to drop Steadfast back in the water? Hence....the list and the debate commences.
So we'll continue to review our project list, it's a rather lengthy spreadsheet already, and determining what's In and what's gotta wait.
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.