"Just like Home Projects"
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That is what I hear all the time when I mention we are working on our boat. It got me to thinking about it because as home owners I would think we'd have a good comparison between the two. I've been noodling on the idea for over a week now as it seems I've gotten this comment more then a dozen times over the past few weeks.
It's true to a certain extent that you always have projects in your home that need to be done but to me they seem less worrisome then those on our boat. I guess it's just my perspective but I kinda feel like I'm putting my life, and those of my children, in the "hands" of this boat. After all, every year we take it into the open ocean off the coast of California which at times can be a little inhospitable. Granted you try and pick your optimal weather window but there is never a guarantee.
While continuing along this thought my mind then thinks about all the bad things that can happen in our home, like electrical fires & carbon dioxide poisoning but for the most part I just can't compare them. After all, we have smoke and carbon dioxide detectors all over the place to ensure that we receive enough warning to get out of the house. Perhaps if I spent enough money on a fancy emergency life raft I might feel like I had that level of "out" on the boat too but I don't have that so instead we keep working to make things as safe as possible with the money we have available to spend.
This past weekend found us back at Napa with all the kids in tow, making it a true family adventure. Keith and Loren had been up there for a few days and Keith had managed to check off a few more projects on the list. At this point we are working to finish up the plumbing in the head area so that the boat is solid under the water line and we can drop her in the water. By the time we called it quits, and headed towards the hotel and the much anticipated swimming pool, we'd made excellent progress. This weekend looks promising for a drop, provided the yard is available to support the request, and then we'll work on getting the gang moved aboard...I can't wait!
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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.